The Tempest

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.

Key facts

Artist dates
1804 - 1887
Full title
The Tempest
Date made
about 1862
Medium and support
Oil on wood panel
10.3 × 12.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Danny and Gry Katz, 2010
Inventory number
Location in Gallery