The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

Comment on 28.8.1821

It may have been precisely this wish to return to Norway that then prevented the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden from offering Dahl a permanent appointment. Moreover, Christian 8. was Dahl’s most important patron from the start, and he also planned to bring Dahl back to Denmark and get him an appointment at the Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen. Dahl was successful in many areas, but it seems that being “in good health and fat and happy” with his wife in Dresden was of greater importance.

Dahl did not return to Norway until 1826.


Cf. Petra Kuhlmann-Hodick: ˋEfter Københavneråreneˊ, in: William Gelius & Stig Miss (ed.): J.C. Dahl i Danmark, Copenhagen 2003, p. 55.

Cf. Marie Lødrup Bang: Johan Christian Dahl – Life and Works, vol. 1, Oslo 1987, p. 176-179.

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