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Cloud Study

Artist:
Johan Christian Dahl (Norwegian, Bergen 1788–1857 Dresden)
Date:
1828
Medium:
Oil on paper, laid down on cardboard
Dimensions:
4 3/4 x 6 3/8 in. (12.1 x 16.2 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Thaw Collection, Jointly Owned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Morgan Library & Museum, Gift of Eugene V. Thaw, 2009
Accession Number:
2009.400.33
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 624
Inscription: Dated and initialed (upper left): d. 9 May 1828. D.
the artist's son, Johann Siegwald Dahl, Dresden (until d. 1902); his widow, Catharine Dahl; private collection; sale, Blomqvist, Oslo, November 13, 2006, no. 31, as "Skystudie," for 140,000 Norwegian kroners ($21,840); Eugene V. Thaw, New York (by 2008–9)
New York. Morgan Library & Museum. "Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection," January 23–August 30, 2009, unnum. checklist (as "Cloud Study").

New York. Morgan Library & Museum. "A Dialogue with Nature: Romantic Landscapes from Britain and Germany," May 30–September 7, 2014, no. 8.

John House. "Impressionism and the Open-Air Oil Sketch." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. Ed. Jennifer Tonkovich. New York, 2011, p. 86, fig. 66 (color).

Esther Bell. "Catalogue Raisonné of the Thaw Collection." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. Ed. Jennifer Tonkovich. New York, 2011, p. 113, no. 35, ill. (color), calls it "Cloud Study" and dates it 1828.

Rachel Sloan in Matthew Hargraves and Rachel Sloan. A Dialogue with Nature: Romantic Landscapes from Britain and Germany. Exh. cat., Courtauld Gallery. London, 2014, pp. 36, 38–39, no. 8, ill. (color), notes that an inscription on the verso indicates that it depicts an evening scene and that the artist's focus was on capturing atmospheric effects, regardless of the presence of the trees transforming it from a pure cloud study into a landscape picture.



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