Thomas Fearnley (Norwegian, Frederikshald 1802–1842 Munich)
possibly ca. 1829–30
Oil on canvas, laid down on card
4 3/4 x 6 7/8 in. (12.1 x 17.5 cm)
Thaw Collection, Jointly Owned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Morgan Library & Museum, Gift of Eugene V. Thaw, 2009
Not on view
The strikingly large scale of this rock relative to its setting betrays the influence of both Johan Christian Dahl, with whom Fearnley studied in Dresden in 1829–30, and Dahl’s neighbor, Caspar David Friedrich. The site has not been identified.
private collection, Oslo (in 1951); [Artis Fine Arts, London]; Eugene V. Thaw, New York (by 2002–9)
New York. Pierpont Morgan Library. "The Thaw Collection: Master Drawings and Oil Sketches, Acquisitions Since 1994," September 27, 2002–January 19, 2003, no. 96 (as "Landscape Sketch with Monolith and Trees").
Kathleen Stuart inThe Thaw Collection: Master Drawings and Oil Sketches, Acquisitions Since 1994. Exh. cat., Pierpont Morgan Library. New York, 2002, pp. 208–9, no. 96, ill. (color), supports dating it to Fearnley's eighteen-month sojourn in Dresden, 1829–30, during which the artist studied with Johan Christian Dahl and was exposed to the work of Caspar David Friedrich.
Esther Bell. "Catalogue Raisonné of the Thaw Collection." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. Ed. Jennifer Tonkovich. New York, 2011, p. 122, no. 61, ill. (color), calls it "Monolith and Trees".