GUSTAV PETERA REIMAN
The Turf Waggon
Oils on Canvas, Signed (Bottom Left) Dated 34 Giltwood & Plaster frame.
28 ½ x 38 ½ " (72.4 x 97.8cm.) Frame 34 x 43 ½ "
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Whilst it can be a risky business to interpret the work of an artist, it was known that Reiman painted allegorical works in the naturalistic disguise of landscapes and lakes. So here we have a highly atmospheric landscape depicting a peacefully silent autumnal landscape with a heavily laden turf waggon, its Carter sitting atop a load of fuel as it makes its way o'er the old bog road toward a farmstead in the distance. In the background is a line of mountains and to the fore are mounds of recent turf workings.
This painting however may be viewed on several levels, 1. as a straight forward depiction of an actual landscape, 2. a representation of the yearly cycle of life, or, 3. a philosophical allegory for the passage of mankind; and as such, makes this painting an interesting buy.
1. Southern Sweden has many such Turf bogs with a line of mountains as a backdrop, this autumnal scene has been played out for centuries.
2. The unturned bog represents Spring, the worked drying turf mounds, Summer; the Carter the present; the silent landscape the fast approaching Autumn, and the darkening clouds the darkness of a long, northern latitude Winter.