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August Cappelen

Waterfall in lower Telemark

Waterfall in lower Telemark

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About the original: Date: 1852

Other titles: Waterfall in Telemark (ENG)

Designation: Painting

Material and technique: Oil on canvas

Technique: Oil

Material: Canvas

Dimensions: H 77.3 cm x W 102.6 cm x D 3.1 cm

Subject: Visual arts

Classification: 532 - Visual arts

Motif: Landscape

Acquisition: Purchased 1893

Inventory no.: NG.M.00427

Part of exhibition: The dance of life. The collection from antiquity to 1950, 2011 - 2019

Nature's mirror. Nordic landscape painting 1840-1910, 2007

DIALOGUES: Leonard Rickhard, 2004

Nature's mirror. Nordic landscape painting 1840-1910, 2006

Nature's mirror. Nordic landscape painting 1840-1910, 2006 - 2007

Registration level: Single object

Owner and collection: The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Visual Art Collections

Photo: Høstland, Børre/Lathion, Jacques

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August Cappelen

August Cappelen was a Norwegian painter born in Skien in 1827 and died in Düsseldorf in 1852. He showed an early talent for art, and his mother, who was a skilled draftsman, guided him in his early years. In 1846, Cappelen went with Hans Gude and JF Eckersberg on a study trip to Gudbrandsdalen, which was of great importance to the young painters.

In the autumn of the same year, Cappelen went to Düsseldorf and became a student at the art academy there. He remained there until 1850, with the exception of the winter of 1848-49 when he stayed in Christiania. In the summer of 1847 he visited Sogn and Hardanger and met a group of German Schirmer students. Cappelen is considered one of the earliest mature and personal Norwegian painters of his time. He belonged to the Düsseldorf School in its Norwegian branch, and JW Schirmer was decisive for his development as a painter and landscape artist.

Cappelen had a harmonious life without financial worries or social obstacles to his artistic career. He was musical and loved flowers and lush vegetation, and his many letters provide insight into his character and artistic development.