This Romantic landscape combines Dahl’s affection for the scenery of his native Norway with the strain of deeply spiritual naturalism of which he was a chief exponent. Dahl recorded in his diary that he visited Hallingdal on August 23, 1844, on a sketching expedition in the company of his children and the painter Peder Balke. That October, Dahl offered this work to Christian Jürgensen Thomsen, an eminent archaeologist.
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Title:View over Hallingdal
Artist:Johan Christian Dahl (Norwegian, Bergen 1788–1857 Dresden)
Medium:Oil on canvas
Dimensions:9 1/2 x 14 3/8 in. (24.1 x 36.5 cm)
Credit Line:Gift of Asbjorn R. Lunde, in memory of his brother, Karl Lunde, 2012
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower left): Dahl 1844.
Christian Jürgensen Thomsen, Denmark (1844–d. 1865; gift of the artist in fall 1844; estate sale, Copenhagen, 1865, no. 40); ?Louise Christine Rasmussen, Grevinde Danner (possibly included in one of her posthumous sales, 1874 and later; possibly to Lunn); Erasmus Sigismund Lunn, Knabstrup, Holbaek (possibly from 1874; certainly by 1913); sale, Sotheby's, London, June 22–23, 1988, no. 339 (to Lunde); Asbjorn R. Lunde, New York (1988–2012)
Copenhagen. Charlottenborg Palace. opened about March 31, 1845, no. 40.
Tromsø. Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum. "Den Ville Natur: Sveitsisk og Norsk Romantikk Malerier fra Asbjørn Lundes samling, New York," September 29–December 30, 2007, no. 29 (as "Utsikt over Hallingdal," or "View over Hallingdal").
Bergen Kunstmuseum. "Den Ville Natur: Sveitsisk og Norsk Romantikk Malerier fra Asbjørn Lundes samling, New York," June 20–August 31, 2008, no. 29 (as "Utsikt over Hallingdal," or "View over Hallingdal").
New York. Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America. "Sublime Nature: Romantic Paintings of the 19th Century: Norwegian & Swiss Landscapes from the Collection of Asbjørn Lunde," September 26, 2008–January 3, 2009, unnum. checklist (as "Utsikt over Hallingdal/View over Hallingdal").
London. National Gallery. "Forests, Rocks, Torrents: Norwegian and Swiss Landscapes from the Lunde Collection," June 22–September 18, 2011, no. 18 (as "View over Hallingdal").
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Peder Balke: Painter of Northern Light," April 10–July 10, 2017, no catalogue.
Carl Reitzel. Fortegnelse over Danske Kunstneres Arbejder paa de ved det Kgl. Akademi for de Skjønne Kunster i Aarene 1807–1882 afholdte Charlottenborg-Udstillinger. Copenhagen, 1883, p. 108, [see Ref. Bang 1987].
Marie Lødrup Bang. Johan Christian Dahl, 1788–1857: Life and Works. Oslo, 1987, vol. 1, p. 172; vol. 2, pp. 303–4, no. 1009; vol. 3, pl. 429 (ricordo drawing).
Knut Ormhaug inDen Ville Natur: Sveitsisk og Norsk Romantikk Malerier fra Asbjørn Lundes samling, New York. Ed. Knut Ljøgodt. Exh. cat., Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum. Tromsø, 2007, p. 105, no. 29, ill. (color).
Christopher Riopelle. "Norway in the Mind's Eye." Forests, Rocks, Torrents: Norwegian and Swiss Landscapes from the Lunde Collection. Exh. cat., National Gallery. London, 2011, p. 93, no. 18, fig. 1 (color, detail), ill. p.  (color).
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Johan Christian Dahl (Norwegian, Bergen 1788–1857 Dresden)
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