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PROPERTY FROM AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Thomas Fearnley
NORWEGIAN
RIDER IN A LANDSCAPE
JUMP TO LOT
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PROPERTY FROM AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Thomas Fearnley
NORWEGIAN
RIDER IN A LANDSCAPE
JUMP TO LOT

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19th Century European Paintings

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Thomas Fearnley
1802 - 1842
NORWEGIAN
RIDER IN A LANDSCAPE
signed and dated Th. Fearnley 1834 lower right
oil on canvas
53.5 by 74.5cm., 21 by 29¼in.
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Provenance

Acquired by the grandfather of the present owner in New York circa 1890; thence by descent 

Catalogue Note

Unseen by the public for over a century, this charged landscape, of a lone rider coming face to face with the elements, is very much in the spirit of the northern Romantic tradition, pioneered by Caspar David Friedrich and Fearnley's compatriot Johan Christian Dahl.

Fearnley arrived in Italy in September 1832 by way of Trieste and Venice, settling in Rome in November of that year. Travelling and painting extensively in Italy, Fearnley nevertheless continued to paint non-Italian views during these years. In 1833 he exhibited a Norwegian waterfall and summer and winter views of Elsinore (now Helsingør) at the Società degli Amatori in Rome, and in 1834 An Autumn Morning at Königssee (Hamburg, Kunsthalle). The present view, presumably of the foothills of the Alps, was likely inspired by the Bavarian lakes looking south, an area Fearnley had passed through in 1831 en route to Italy. Fearnley did not travel to the Italian lakes around Como and Lugano until 1835, on his way from Rome to Switzerland.

The present work predates by one year a smaller version in the National Gallery, Oslo. A pencil study, signed and dated München 1830, is in a private collection in Oslo (fig. 1).      



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