Johan Christian Clausen Dahl - VIEW OF VESUVIUS FROM THE COAST OF CASTELLAMMARE
Johan Christian Clausen Dahl
VIEW OF VESUVIUS FROM THE COAST OF CASTELLAMMARE
Oil on canvas (relined). 25 x 43.3 cm.
Dated lower right: September 1820.
In his diary on 19th September 1820, Dahl recorded that he painted a small Tyrolean landscape for Frau Blome along with a landscape near Castellammare with Vesuvius. The following year, in 1821, Dahl once again uses this motif in a slightly larger work (61 x 97 cm) which also features a stormy sea with waves crashing up against rocks on the shore. The painting belongs to the University of Uppsala (No. 338).
In 1820/21 Dahl travelled to Italy. During his stay in Naples, where he was a guest of the Danish Crown Prince, he succeeded in becoming one of the greatest landscape innovators at the beginning of the 19th century. During this stay his natural studies gained full freedom, becoming original and independent in their sensitivity to nature and overcoming the influence of the old Dutch masters. At this time his work was developing and he was becoming, as his first biographer Andreas Aubert explains, a "precursor to Corot, a Norwegian Constable."
Dr. J. R. Bull - Dr. Edv. Bull - Th. Bull (1937). - Private collection, Norway
A. Aubert: Maleren J. C. Dahl, 1920 (2. Auflage der Ausgabe von 1893/94), p. 454. - M. L. Bang: Johan Christian Dahl 1788 - 1857. Life and Works, 1987, no. 232.
1880 Bergen, Billedgalleriet, no. 10. - 1937 Oslo, ´J. C. Dahl´s Verk´, Retrospective, no. 133.