Oscar Thalinger, Farm Landscape in Winter
Oscar Thalinger, Farm Landscape in Winter
Oscar Thalinger (1885-1965)
Farm Landscape in Winter, n.d., oil on canvas
Collection of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri - St. Louis

Oscar Thalinger moved to St. Louis from Europe with his parents at the age of fifteen. He studied art at Washington University's School of Fine Arts and later studied in Munich. Upon his return to Missouri, Thalinger became active in the art colony at Ste. Genevieve. There he worked with artists like Thomas Hart Benton, Aimee Schwieg and Joe Vorst. Artist's colonies like these became cultural havens for artists, a means of escape from the grim realities of world war and urban sprawl.

Thalinger's work is known for an expressive use of color, whether in the traditional landscapes, like this one, that are typical of his earlier career, or in the abstract works that dominated his later ouevre. In Farm Landscape in Winter, Thalinger lets strong strokes of color create the forms of the weather-worn buildings, the barren field and the cold blue-grey hills on the horizon.

Expand Your Horizons Art colonies existed throughout the United States and played an important role in our nation's cultural development. Click here to learn more about the Ste. Genevieve Art Colony.