Two Men before a Waterfall at Sunset

Johan Christian Dahl Norwegian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 807

Set in a wild landscape evoking his native Norway and depicting Dahl alongside fellow painter Caspar David Friedrich, this picture pays homage to Friedrich’s 1819 masterpiece Two Men Contemplating the Moon, which Dahl received as a gift from the artist (now Gemäldegalerie, Dresden). A later variant of Friedrich’s composition is in the Metropolitan (2000.51); in that work, Friedrich stands beside his friend the painter August Heinrich, who was also a friend of Dahl’s.

Two Men before a Waterfall at Sunset, Johan Christian Dahl (Norwegian, Bergen 1788–1857 Dresden), Oil on canvas

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