Frits Thaulow was a Norwegian impressionist painter. I learned of him through the book Landscape Painting by Asher Durand and Birge Harrison. He was praised by Harrison for the way he painted water, and I agree, what a master he is!
I have never tried to paint something as complicated and detailed as this, so it was an excellent exercise for me. I especially loved how he created such texture on the buildings, when I look at this painting, I feel like I am transported to that place and time. I also love the depth of the water and the reflections, so perfect.
I learned PATIENCE above all with this painting. It took me quite awhile. And it's far from the original, mine is a little brighter in tone and I left out the tree at the end because I didn't really care for it.