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Carl Dahl

 (1810 - 1887)
Carl Dahl was active/lived in Germany.  Carl Dahl is known for Portrait and landscape painting.

Carl Dahl

Biography from Ketterer Kunst, Munich

Carl Dahl was born in Berlin in 1810 and began his education in art in his hometown.  In 1833 he attended the Düsseldorf Academy of Art and joined the landscape class of Johann Wilhelm Schirmer.  With a couple of interruptions he remained at the academy until 1838/39. 

Following his teachers, Dahl made exactly observed studies of nature on geological, topographic and meteorologic phenomena, which he then integrated into his paintings in the studio.  Next to the influence of Schirmer, Dahl's late romantic atmospheric landscape also shows a certain closeness to the just slightly older colleague Carl Friedrich Lessing.

"Dahl's stylistic distinguishing mark are his carefully arranged compositions in the sense of the Schirmer school, with graded backgrounds, a vespertine atmosphere in the sense of Romanticism and the smooth and fine execution of details.  Owed to the time-consuming making, the small oeuvre is no surprise.  Early works already show Dahl's preference for an elevated perspective onto scenes crossed by distant creeks, rivers and lakes.  Alongside mere landscapes he made romantic paintings of castles or ruins.  At times he does entirely without any stafffage, whereas other paintings are inhibited by single figures." (Carsten Roth, AKL).

Carl Dahl went on numerous study hiking tours through the Hunsrück and the Rheingau, he traveled to Heidelberg, Lake Constance and the Upper Rhine as well as through the Alps.  As of 1857 he was member of the Düsseldorf Artist Association 'Malkasten'.  In 1887 Carl Dahl died in Osnabrück.

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About  Carl Dahl

Born:  1810 - Berlin, Germany
Died:   1887 - Osnabruck, Germany
Known for:  Portrait and landscape painting