Peder Balke

1804 - 1887

Balke was among the first artists to paint the far north of his native Norway. By the 1860s, lack of commercial success led him to give up painting professionally.

The small scenes he then executed for his own pleasure are now recognised as highly original improvisations. Forgotten for a century, he is an important Scandinavian rediscovery.

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The Tempest
Peder Balke
about 1862
The Tempest
 
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