I have this painting hanging over my bed:
I’ve always liked it for it’s bold, expressionistic use of color and brushstrokes, but it’s been a bit of a mystery.
I know who painted it – I did.
I knew that I painted it back in the late 80’s, probably while I was at a painting course at Red Deer College.
I also recalled that it was inspired by a historical painting, one that I found in a book – probably on a day when the weather was unsuitable for working outside. For many years I have not known what the inspiring painting was or even who had painted the original. Over the years I have asked people familiar with art history if they had a clue – but no luck.
Today I stumbled across an old sketch book of mine and while flipping through it I saw a little sketch that was similar to my mystery painting.
On the page facing this sketch was written “Corot”. That rang a bell. I went to the web searched for images for Corot and promptly found this one:
Mystery solved! You can see I obviously didn’t emulate Corot’s style but the elements of the landscape are the same.