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August Cappelen

Høyfjell, winter

Høyfjell, winter

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About the original:Dating: No year

Designation: Drawing

Material and technique: Watercolor on paper

Technique: Watercolor

Material: Paper

Dimensions: 400 x 518 mm

Subject: Visual arts

Classification: 532 - Visual arts

Acquisition: Acquisition information in progress

Inventory no.: NG.K&H.A.03835

Registration level: Single object

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

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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.