Epic Scandinavian seascapes from back in the dayThe Scandinavian Romantic painter is celebrated in this exhibition of public and privately owned works. If you want proof that there’s more to Norway than midnight sun, endless winter nights and sweeping ice-bound tundra, Peder Balke (1804-1887) isn’t your guy. Balke was a failed artist. By the 1850s, he’d grown so tired of not "making it" that he gave up any commercial aspirations and dedicated his life to politics. It’s only recently that he’s become viewed as the defining Norwegian artist of his generation. He travelled the length of Norway early in his career, all the way up to the inhospitable and barely accessible far-northern region of Finnmark. His early paintings are quintessentially Romantic, the product of a man stood in awe of nature, overwhelmed by the often-horrifying beauty of his own land. Ships tumble in the waves, mere metres from impossibly sharp rocks; swooping clouds and huge dark mountains dwarf sailors and Sami tribesmen. It’s all nocturnal, moody and imposing.
- Sat-Thurs: 10am-6pm
- Fri: 10am-9am
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