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Road in Häme

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Year  1860 (1860)
Location  Ateneum, Helsinki
Created  1860
Medium  oil on canvas
Artist  Werner Holmberg
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Dimensions  88 cm × 103.5 cm (35 in × 40.7 in)
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Häme road or Hot summer day is the most famous work of Werner Holmberg (1830–1860). It was painted in 1860. Though short, Holmberg's career helped develop Finnish landscape painting. He combined the traditional landscape painting techniques of the atelier with the modern outdoor en plein air landscape.

In the painting, a horse-drawn wagon is driving along a rolling country road through a pine forest of Tavastia. The painting depicts the carriage from the rear on a hot day. Trees and vegetation are painted with accuracy and the perspective of the image from the fresh wheel marks in the dirt creates an impression of movement. One can almost smell the dust and pine forest under the wheels.

In 1853 Holmberg was the first Finnish artist to study in Düsseldorf. From surviving sketches, Holmberg's Road in Häme was probably painted in the Tampere region.


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