Mother and Child by the Sea

Artist: Johan Christian Dahl (Norwegian, Bergen 1788–1857 Dresden)

Date: 1830

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 6 1/4 x 8 1/8 in. (15.9 x 20.6 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Eugene V. Thaw, 2007

Accession Number: 2007.164.2


Writing to the first owner of this painting, Dahl identified the figures on the shore as the wife and child of a fisherman on the approaching boat. While the picture enjoys a rapport with themes explored by his fellow artist and neighbor, Friedrich, its subject may have held deeply personal resonance for Dahl: his father was a fisherman, and two of his own children died in the year prior to the completion of this work.