Francis Danby Liensfiord, Norway: Calm c.1835

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Artist
Francis Danby 1793–1861
Title
Liensfiord, Norway: Calm
Date c.1835
Medium Oil paint on poplar
Dimensions Support: 411 x 542 mm
frame: 564 x 692 x 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1985
Reference
T04104
Not on display

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Danby visited Norway in 1825 but seems not to have painted any Norwegian subjects in oil until after he moved to Switzerland in 1831. By that time his memory of place names appears to have let him down since no such place as Liensfiord, the name inscribed on the back of this picture, exists: it has been suggested that Lifjord near Rutledal is intended. Danby, who had abandoned the quiet poetry of his Bristol days, was disappointed by the lack of 'Grandure' he found in the Norwegian landscape, though he admitted that it was 'wild enough. These kind of scenes are better in pictures than reality'.

September 2004

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