The 19th-century Scandinavian painter Peder Balke created vivid landscape paintings that in many ways anticipated modernist styles. Travelling north instead of following the usual paths south to Italy and France, the artist was keenly affected by the ‘opulent beauties of nature and locations delivered to the eye and the mind’. An exhibition at the National Gallery in London now seeks to revive the artist’s rather neglected reputation, bringing together a variety of works to complement the single painting in its own collection (The Tempest, c. 1862).
‘Peder Balke’ is at the National Gallery, London, until 12 April 2015.
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