View over Hallingdal

Johan Christian Dahl Norwegian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 807

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.

View over Hallingdal, Johan Christian Dahl (Norwegian, Bergen 1788–1857 Dresden), Oil on canvas

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