Johan Christian Dahl⁣ View of Dresden by Moonlight⁣ 1839⁣

5/20/2021, 2:19:20 AM
Johan Christian Dahl⁣ View of Dresden by Moonlight⁣ 1839⁣ “View of Dresden by Moonlight, completed almost two decades after Dahl settled in Dresden, depicts a nighttime city scene, with the glossy and shimmering Elbe River and a largely overcast sky dominating much of the composition. In the background, we can see the Augustus Bridge and the silhouette of the Baroque Church of our Lady (Dresden Frauenkirche) dome, while to the right we have the Old Town (Altstadt), the city’s historical center. The moon, piercing through the clouds, offers a fairytale glow to the whole view.⁣ Although Friedrich’s influence is present, one cannot help but notice that Dahl’s painting is far more lively and integrated compared to his friend’s solitary mysticism. In the Norwegian’s interpretation, nature and people coexist harmoniously, the former enveloping the city with its magic and serenity. What could have been a meditation on loneliness and disconnection, or even an homage to the otherworldly, becomes a comforting reassurance that one is not alone, thanks to all the subtle signs of human activity that the Norwegian included. You can zoom in here. There are carriages and people on the bridge, small fires lit on boats, women doing laundry and men tending their horses. Even the woman in the foreground, looking at the river in front of her, has a small dog as companion. The serene beauty of the night acts like the common thread bringing together all these different elements. Awash in moonlight, Dresden appears truly magical and comforting.”⁣ #paintings #painting #artlovers #artists #famousart #artlegends #art #thearts #everythingart #arteverything #artislife #artislife e🎨 #dailyart #fineart #artoftheday #artstagram #artofinstagram #arthistorian #arthistorynerd #arthistory #historyofart #artlove #viewofdresdenbymoonlight #johanchristiandahl #dahl #moonlight #nightscape #dresden #19thcenturyart #magical

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