August Cappelen Norwegian, 1827-1852
- August Cappelen
- Gammelt Kvernhus
- signed and dated A. Cappelen 1850 l.r.
- oil on canvas
- 31.5 by 42cm., 12¼ by 18½in.
Oslo, Blomqvist, Mindeutstilling, Herman August Cappelen 1827-1852, 1927, no. 59
Oslo Kunstforening, A Cappelen 1827-1852, 1957, no. 40
Oslo, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, August Cappelen, 1997, no. 14 (illustrated in colour in the catalogue)
Sigurd Willoch, August Cappelen og den romantiske landskapskunst, Oslo, 1928
Sigurd Willoch, 'Herman August Cappelen' in Norsk kunstnerleksikon, Oslo, 1981, vol. I, pp. 385-388
Typically his compositions depict nature's continuous cycle of regeneration and decay, in which Norway's thickly forested woodland takes centre stage. In the present work the fecundity of nature is contrasted with the decaying sawmill, a symbol of man's vain attempt to tame his surroundings.