Peder Balke

North Cape, 1845

Savings Bank Foundation. Long term loan Northern Norway Art Museum, Tromsø



2020 seems to be is a promising year for Nordic art on the international scene. We are all very excited about The Golden Age of Danish Painting – which formerly has been on show in the national galleries of Stockholm and Copenhagen – that will open in Petit Palais in Paris in April.

While the French audience earlier have had the opportunity to see exhibitions on individual artists – such as C.W. Eckersberg – this will be the first major presentation on Danish golden age painting in Paris, with more than two hundred works.

Though the Danes seemingly dominate the scene...

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FALL 2020

Due to Covid-19 restrictions all events are strictly preliminary.

  • September 25:

    Presentation of the book Knut Ljøgodt: Peder Balke: Works from The Gundersen Collection (Skira) at Kunstweekend, in Geilo. Interventions by Dr. Knut Ljøgodt, Kari Brænne and Pål Gundersen.

  • November: Release of the Yearbook of The Maritime Museum, Stockholm, with contributions by Knut Ljøgodt, Carl Johan Olsson, Patrik Steorn and others.
  • December: Presentation of the book Peder Balke: Works from The Gundersen Collection (Skira) in connection with London Art Week. Program to be announced.





True to Nature: Open-Air Painting in Europe, 1780–1870.

National Museum of Art,

Washington, US

July 20–November 29, 2020


L’Âge d’or de la peinture danoise (1801-1864)

Petit Palais

Paris, FR

September 20, 2020–3 January, 2021

Peder Balke: Sublime North. Works from The Gundersen Collection.

By Knut Ljøgodt


The Norwegian painter Peder Balke (1804–1887) is perhaps one of the most enigmatic artists of the Nordic Romantic movement. A journey to the Northernmost parts of Norway in 1832 was of great importance, and the dramatic Arctic landscape came to haunt the artist’s production. In particular during his later years, Balke developed a unique, highly experimental manner of painting. Never acknowledged by the domestic art milieu of Norway, he still enjoyed the patronage of royal collectors such as Louis Philippe, King of the French.
Drawing from  the paintings in The Gundersen Collection as well as works in museums and other collections, the book presents a comprehensive study of Peder Balke’s art and his development as a painter.


Author: Knut Ljøgodt

Published: Skira Editore, 2020

Language: English

Price: € 45.00



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