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ID number:  BIRBI-2002.5
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Dahl, Johan Christian (1788-1857)
Title / Object name:  Mother and Child by the Sea
Object type:  Painting
Culture:  Norwegian
Date made:  1840
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  21 x 31 cm unframed; 28.5 x 39.5 x 5 cm framed
Provenance:  Commissioned by the Art Association of Christiana and won by M. Thoresen in 1841; Karl P. Wedel-Jagdberg, Oslo, 1920-37; by descent, Baroness Ninni Wedel, Oslo, 1937-45; by descent, Louise Egeberg; purchased by C. W. Haarland, Stavanger, Norway, 1952-82; by descent to A. Andersen, Oslo, 1982-2001; purchased from Day and Faber, 2002 with financial assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the National Art Collections Fund, Resource/Victoria and Albert Purchase Grant

Dahl was the son of a Bergen fisherman. In 1818, after studying at the Copenhagen Academy, he travelled to Dresden, where apart from visits to Italy and his native Norway he remained for the rest of his life. There he met the leading German Romantic landscapist, Caspar David Friedrich with whom he shared a house from 1823. This picture was painted in the year of Friedrich’s death. Its subject-matter and poetic rendering closely reflect his contemplative and highly atmospheric landscapes.

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Caspar David Friedrich: Moonwatchers', Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA, 11 September 2001 - 11 November 2001; 'Saved! 100 Years of the National Arts Collections Fund', Hayward Gallery, London, UK, 23 October 2003 - 18 January 2004; 'Moonrise over Europe: J. C. Dahl and Romantic Landscape', Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham, UK, 2006, no. 5

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Moonrise Over Europe: J C Dahl and Romantic Landscape
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Saved! 100 Years of the National Art Collections Fund
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