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Exhibitions/ Art Object

The North Cape by Moonlight

Artist:
Peder Balke (Norwegian, Helgøya, Nes 1804–1887 Oslo (Kristiania))
Date:
1848
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
24 7/16 x 33 7/16 in. (62 x 85 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Private collection, Oslo
Accession Number:
L.2012.25
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 807
Balke visited the North Cape only once, in 1832, but the experience became a touchstone of his imagination for the rest of his life. The tenebrous palette and expressive brushwork seen in this moonlit view are characteristic of Balke’s mature style, which stands in contrast to the more restrained naturalism of his mentor Johan Christian Dahl. When this painting (or another version) was exhibited in Oslo in the fall of 1848, a critic wrote that it "claims our interest, both for the nature of the subject itself and the singularity of the perception of the chosen moment."
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower left): Balke 1848.
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