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Landscape with Dolmen
Johan Thomas Lundbye Danish
Not on view
Although Lundbye occasionally rendered drawings and smaller oil sketches on site, his more elaborate paintings and drawings like this one were made in the studio, recombining passages from sketches—such as the dolmen, or ancient burial marker, seen here—to create a narrative. The tree in the foreground, for example, recalls one that appears in "Past, Present, Future" (on view nearby), while the windswept beech trees in the background can be found in other of his works. The dolmen in this composition, known as Carlssten, is located north of Frederiksværk, where his parents lived. Lundbye also reused this dolmen in a printed almanac, in which it was reproduced alongside a poem urging the reader to tread carefully on these ancient monuments and to meet them with both a nostalgic tear and a joyful glimmer in the eye.