The intense and mysterious qualities of the work typify the 'Romantic' approach to landscape of the early nineteenth century. Although the work has been connected to Danby's visit to Norway in 1825, this forest scene is more suggestive of a psychological or spiritual state than any specific place. Danby was based in Bristol, but this work seems to date from the time of his move to London in 1824, when he began to produce 'poetic landscapes' like this one.
Gallery label, September 2004
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