Johan Christian Dahl (1788 - 1857): Winter Landscape Near

Johan Christian Dahl (1788 - 1857): Winter Landscape Near

5/3/2021, 3:59:35 PM
Johan Christian Dahl (1788 - 1857): Winter Landscape Near Vordingborg, Denmark (detail), 1827, oil on canvas, 173 x 205,5 cm, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen Dahl painted this large winter scene for the Christiansborg Palace, a commission by King Frederik VI. Here, the artist adapted his impressions from German atmospheric, Romantic landscapes to suit Danish sensibilities. Despite the cold and snow, nature does not seem threatening or unwelcoming here. The hunter walking across the fields with his dog is never far away from the warm comforts of the thatched cottage, a plume of smoke rising from its chimney. The key element of the painting is the dolmen in the foreground by the foot of the old oak trees. The ancient burial mound and trees both connect past and present. Dahl quite deliberately chose to show a mound that had been disturbed and partially ruined to remind us to care for the relics of our past. (Statens Museum for Kunst)

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