Václav Radimský / Morning on the River Epte
His monumental Morning on the River Epte, which had most likely been already shown at an exhibition in 1900 at the Mietke Gallery, was bought in Vienna by a Czech collector. It is likely that the picture was shown at Radimský’s comprehensive exhibition in 1901 at the Prague Rudolfinum, since the journal Zlatá Praha printed a reproduction of it the same year. The large-scale canvas is a splendid example of Impressionist painting, in which the sense impression becomes the subject matter of the work. The sun draws sharp shadows and the tree trunks are reflected in the calm surface of the stream, which draws into itself the thousands of shades of spring greenery. The impressionist principle that consists of the endeavour to capture the fleeting impression of the moment, is here filled with the painter’s bravura rendition of natural details, which complete the atmosphere of the spring morning.