Copenhagen Harbor by Moonlight

Johan Christian Dahl Norwegian

Not on view

Since the early nineteenth-century, the waterfront ship and lumber yard depicted in this view has been known as Larsens Plads, or Larsen’s Place, after its founder, Lars Larsen. Dahl first painted this prospect in 1816 (Kurpfälzisches Museum, Heidelberg), but in reprising it for the present work he doubled the size of the canvas, omitting incidental details and heightening its atmospheric effect. This placid scene, conceived as the pendant to a far wilder, natural one, Tyrolean Landscape with a Waterfall (1823; private collection), remained unsold at the artist’s death.

Copenhagen Harbor by Moonlight, Johan Christian Dahl (Norwegian, Bergen 1788–1857 Dresden), Oil on canvas

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