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ID number: BIRBI-2005.5
Institution: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker: Fearnley, Thomas (1802-1842)
Title / Object name / Definition: Ramsau
Object type: Painting
Place made: Ramsau
Date made: 1832
Materials: Oil on paper laid on canvas
Measurements: 28 x 27 cm
Provenance: Private collection; Fearnley family; N. O. Young Fearnley, Norway, 1906; Ingeborg Fearnley, Norway; purchased from Artemis Fine Arts Ltd., in 2005.
Description: Though English in ancestry, Fearnley was born in Norway and is among its greatest nineteenth-century artists. A specialist in plein-air landscapes, done directly out of doors, he perfected a broad and fluid technique which permitted him to work rapidly. This crystalline view of the mountains and village of Ramsau in south Germany was painted on a brief visit to the region in September 1832, when Fearnley was en route to Italy. In its astonishing clarity, freshness, and compositional poise, it demonstrates Fearnley’s extraordinary gifts as a master of atmospheric landscape.
Inscriptions / Translations: Front ll 'T F'; '30.9.32'; 'Ramsau'
Notes: Exhibited: Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, 1966, no. 21; 'Thomas Fearnley', Blaafarvevaerket, Modum, 1986, no. 19; 'Thomas Fearnley: Européeren, Familiens Hyllest', Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, 1995, no. 21; 'In Front of Nature: the European Landscapes of Thomas Fearnley', Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham, 2012, p. 94.
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