Happy Birthday, Thomas Fearnley!


fearnleyThomas Fearnley (December 27 1802 – January 16 1842) was a Norwegian romantic painter whose work has become deeply intertwined with the spirit of Norwegian nationalism. Fearnley's work was often commissioned by the royal family of Norway, and later the royal family of Sweden. Fearnley's son, also named Thomas, was a shipping magnate whose business continues to run today.

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Landscape with Waterfall

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Arco Naturale, Capri

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The Painter and the Boy

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Lake Gossau near Salzburg (1837/8)

Thomas Fearnley was born in Frederikshald, Norway to Thomas Fearnley and Maren Sophie Paus, of the prominent Norwegian Paus family. He was the brother of Carl Frederik Fearnley, the astronomer.

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During a study trip to London in 1837, Fearnley painted J. M. W. Turner painting (above).

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Muchen nach dem Gewitter, 1831

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Tree Study, By A Stream (1839)

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Coastal Scene (possibly Capri), circa 1833

In 1840, Fearnley married Cecilia Catharine Andresen, the daughter of his benefactor. Fearnley's father-in-law Nicolai Andresen founded Andresen Bank, then one of Norway's largest commercial banks. The painter's descendants founded the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in 1993.

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Sorrento

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Grindelwald Glacier (1838)

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Gravensfjord (1839)

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Pergola with Oranges

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Fjellandskap med fossestryk (Mountain landscape with a waterfall)

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Slindebirken (1839)

 

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  • Birthday Date: Saturday, 27 December 2014
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