Peder Balke’s Northern Light

Peder Balke, 1804-1887, Norwegian

 

The Metropolitan Museum, NY hung these very small, one tiny, and luminous paintings some months ago.

The museum relayed that the artist, born in southern Norway the son of landless peasants, had the fortune and focus to pursue his talent to Oslo (Christiania),  Stockholm and Copenhagen and then in 1835 to Dresden. 

There he had the further fortune to meet Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) and the Norwegian landscapist, Johan Christian Dahl (1758-1857).

Becoming an exponent of Northern Romantic painting, Peder Balke traversed Europe searching for clients with mixed success. 

By his death, the museum notes, he was forgotten. 

These works, all from private collections, represented the first exhibition of his work on the American continent. 

 

 

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Coastal Landscape, 1860s.  Oil on wood.  Private collection on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2017

 

 

 

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The North Cape by Moonlight, 1848, oil on canvas.  Private collection, Oslo, on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2017

 

 

 

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The North Cape, 1853, oil on paper laid down on board.  Private collection on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2017

 

 

 

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The North Cape, 1850s, oil on paper laid down on cardboard.  Private collection on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2017

 

 

 

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Northern Lights, 1870’s, oil on wood.  Private collection on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2017

 

 

 

The North Cape, 1845, oil on canvas.  Private collection on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY from whose web site this was taken.

 

 

 

Sea Fortress, Peder Balke (Norwegian, Helgøya, Nes 1804–1887 Oslo (Kristiania)), Oil on canvas

Sea Fortress, 1844, oil on canvas.  Private collection on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY from whose website this was taken.

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