Moonlight Over The Promenade

by Wilhelm von Gegerfelt

P.O.A.

MEDIUM: Oil on canvas
DIMENSION: (unframed) 27 x 45 inches.
(framed) 39 x 57 inches.
SIGNATURE: Signed (lower right)

A deep blue from the evening sky peeps into view from the top left corner of the composition and dances over the water’s surface along with flecks of yellow and orange.

 

Catalogue No: 6441 Categories: ,

As a Skagen painter, von Gegerfelt belonged to a pioneering Scandinavian artist colony – originating in the picturesque fishing village of Skagen, Denmark. They broke from academic and romantic styles in favour of “truer” depictions, inspired by the natural light of this long coastal stretch, particularly at dusk. ‘En plein air’ techniques of French Impressionists also inspired these artists, as they developed their own styles depicting everyday aspects of their lives, including the mundane and the laborious.

Here, von Gegerfelt has also employed short, impressionist-style brushstrokes to render the rippling waters along the promenade. A deep blue from the evening sky peeps into view from the top left corner of the composition and dances over the water’s surface along with flecks of yellow and orange. The shuttered buildings which look out over the scene are a warm, calming presence. We as the viewers are out on the water, looking at the promenade from the perspective of the boatmen – removed from the noise and bustle of the street.

Provenance

Bukowskis, Stockholm, December 4, 2001, Lot 65;
Private New England Collection
Le Trianon Fine Art & Antiques
Alexander Avenard Collection

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Biography

Wilhelm von Gegerfelt, also Vilhelm von Gegerfelt, was a Swedish landscape and maritime painter. He was born in Gothenburg, the son the architect Victor von Gegerfelt (1817-1915). From 1861 to 1863, he studied at the Royal Danish Academy, then at the Royal Swedish Academy from 1864 to 1867, and thereafter in Düsseldorf until 1872.

After these extensive studies, he went to Paris where he developed a new technique joining Alfred Wahlberg (1834-1906) as one of the first Swedes to represent the Modern Breakthrough in Nordic art. He travelled to the north coast of France, to Italy and to England, painting landscapes of Venice’s lagoons and the English chalk cliffs, in addition to scenes of summer evenings in Sweden.

Gegerfelt exhibited in Monaco from 1883 and won a silver medal at the Vienna exhibition the same year. In Paris, he sold his paintings to the Duke of Bassano as well as to Goupil and Cie. Gegerfelt spent his later life in the fishing village of Torekov in the south of Sweden.

His works can be seen in the National Museum in Stockholm, in the Gothenburg Museum of Art and in Skagens Museum.

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