7th grade research (Johan Christian Dahl)

Johan Christian Dahl was a Norwegian artist born in 1788. He specialized in landscape and is sometimes referred to as the father of Norwegian landscape painting. Dahl was born into a modest life; with his father being a fisherman living in the country. He grew to resent his childhood, stating that if he had a better teacher he would’ve been more successful much sooner. As a child, Dahl was taught under a mentor at Bergen Cathedral. Dahl’s mentor thought that he’d make an excellent priest, but after seeing his incredible artistic ability, saw that he was to be trained under the artist Johan Georg Müller. While studying under Müller, Dahl was introduced to Lyder Sagen, who sparked Dahl’s interest in history and also sent him to Copenhagen in 1811 to go to an academy. Dahl’s art appeared in many art exhibitions in Copenhagen, however, in 1820, Prince Christian Fredrik noticed his work and invited him to his palace. While in Fredrik’s palace in Italy, Dahl continued to make art off of the memory of his Norwegian home. In 1826, after being away from Norway for 15 years, he returned back to his home. While in Norway, Dahl rediscovered the country landscapes. He began painting again, this time not from imagination, but from the world around him. These paintings ultimately made Dahl one of the first internationally recognized Norwegians. While in Norway, Dahl also had students to teach. His paintings had a profound affect on his students, who admired all of Dahl’s work. Unfortunately, Johan Christian Dahl died in October 1857 at the age of 69. Many of Dahl’s landscapes are still in museums for people to look at and be inspired by today. In conclusion, although Johan Christian Dahl was before our time, his work still leaves a profound effect on the artists of modern time.

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