Loeb Danish Ardt Collection - page 102

NIELS CARL MICHAEL FLINDT DAHL
     ‒            
Carl Dahl was born in the coastal town of Faaborg in Funen, and trained from
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as a house
painter. Eager to become an artist, he moved to Copenhagen in
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where he entered the Royal Acad-
emy of Fine Arts. During his six years there, he was the pupil of landscape painter J. P. Møller
(
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) but learned the rules of perspective from G.F. Hetsch (
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). Most important for his
development and career however, was the time he spent as a pupil of C.W. Eckersberg (

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) who
taught him marine painting as well as how to draw figures. Dahl quickly made a career as a artist.
His first painting exhibited at the Charlottenborg exhibition in
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inspired a landowner from Funen
to give him a private bursary, and he was also supported by the king, Christian VIII, who eventually
bought several of his marine paintings. Dahl had a special talent for perspective and became a teacher
in this discipline at the Royal Academy from
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to
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, while continuing to exhibit at Charlotten-
borg. From
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to
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, he held a post as teacher in drawing at the Danish Naval Academy. His inti-
mate knowledge of ship construction and rigging details made him much admired as a marine
painter, he was of great help to Eckersberg, who lost much of his sight in his late years. In
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, Dahl
won the Neuhausen Prize with a painting of ships passing Kronborg Castle in Elsinore.
During the First Schleswig War
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,
Dahl sailed with the navy to the battlefields at sea where
he made sketches, later to be transformed into paintings. This was also the case in
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during the
Second Schleswig War. In
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, he was awarded the traveling bursary of the Academy and visited Ger-
many, Holland, Belgium, Paris and the South of France. Later he studied the Northern waters on a
trip in
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to the Faroe Islands on board the steam frigate Jylland. Most of his oeuvre (or life’s work)
is marine art, but he also painted topographic motifs and a few from everyday life, such as
Two Peas-
ants Visiting the Thorvaldsen’s Museum
(Thorvaldsen’s Museum).
Paintings by Dahl are in the Statens Museum for Kunst (
The Rhoads of Lisbon from
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), the
Thorvaldsen’s Museum (
The Frigate ‘Thetis’ and the Corvette ‘Flora’ at the Teje river, Lisbon
,
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) and the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle. Drawings are at the Handels og
Søfartsmuseet, Kronborg, Elsinore.
E.F.
         :
J.P. in:
Illustreret Tidende,
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-
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, pp.
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-

(obituary); Philip Weilbach,
Konst og Æsthetik,
Copenhagen
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, p.

; Holger
Drachmann in:
Nyt dansk Maanedsskrift,

, p.

f.; Emil Hannover,
Eckersberg,
Copenhagen
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, p.
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; F. Meldahl and P. Johansen,
Det
kongelige Akademi for de skønne Kunster
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-
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,
Copenhagen
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, p.
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f.; Jørgen Paulsen,
Billeder fra Treaarskrigen,
Frederiksborg
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,
pp.
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,
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,
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, no.
,
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,
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; Hanne Jönsson (ed.),
C.W. Eckersberg og hans elever,
Statens Museum for Kunst
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, p.
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f, no.
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; Kasper Monrad
in:
De ukendte Guldaldermalere,
Kunstforeningen, Copenhagen
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, p.
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, no.
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; Hanne Poulsen,
Danske skibsportrætmalere,
Copenhagen
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,
p.
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; Hanne Poulsen in:
Weilbach,
Vol. II, Copenhagen
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.
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