Sunset, Sorrento

Thomas Fearnley Norwegian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 806

As a disciple of Johan Christian Dahl, Thomas Fearnley was particularly attentive to the role of light in his nature studies, and this sunset rendered at Sorrento on May 22, 1834 attests to his outstanding mastery of its effects. After Fearnley’s premature death at the age of thirty-nine, Dahl wrote of his plein-air sketches that they were "better than his finished paintings, for in them he gave of his true self, as he was and as he felt when face-to-face with nature."

Sunset, Sorrento, Thomas Fearnley (Norwegian, Frederikshald 1802–1842 Munich), Oil on paper, laid down on card

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