St. Louis Mercantile Library
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.
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