An Idyllic Landscape: the sun shining on a meadow with a river and hills in the distance
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An Idyllic Landscape: the sun shining on a meadow with a river and hills in the distance 1809
Tischbein combined pen and ink detail with watercolour washes to capture the striking effect of sunlight reflecting on a watery meadow. The yellow, white and grey patch in the otherwise green grass draws attention to the small stream in the foreground. It echoes the distant river winding through the hills and underscores the thoughtful structure of the composition.

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Composition

The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Wash

A transparent layer of diluted ink or watercolour.

Watercolour

A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.

Composition, Wash, Watercolour

Details

  • Acc. No. D 5547
  • Medium Black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown and grey wash, watercolour, watermark fleur-de-lys
  • Size 27.60 x 43.80 cm
  • Credit Purchased 2003