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The National Gallery: Forests Rocks Torrents

Beautiful wild landscapes by some of the best European practitioners of the tradition. Barely seen in public before, let alone in the UK.

Wed 22nd June 2011, 10:00am – Sun 18th September 2011, 06:00pm

Sunley Room, National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

Written by Amelia Gregory

Category: Art

The Wetterhorn with Upper and Lower Grindelwaln Glacier
The Wetterhorn with Upper and Lower Grindelwaln Glacier by François Diday Wetterhorn. Oil on paper.

A new exhibition at the National Gallery explores depictions of the mountainous landscapes of Switzerland and Norway - with a few other locations thrown in for good measure. Just a quick stroll through the main entrance galleries leads you to the Sunley Room, which from June 22nd - September 18th is hosting the Lunde Collection under the name Forests Rocks Torrents. Most of the paintings have never been seen in the UK before and many have rarely been viewed in public.

The aim of the exhibition is to introduce viewers to the innovative practitioners of the landscape tradition beyond our hallowed shores. Some of these European artists enjoyed great status in their lifetimes and were widely commissioned and collected. The most important artists represented in this collection are Johan Christian Dahl, Thomas Fearnley and Peder Balke.

If you love evocative landscapes then this is great exhibition to visit for inspiration. Admission is free and it's accompanied by a very reasonably priced catalogue that beautifully showcases some of the most evocative landscapes - some of which were way before their time in terms of execution and content. Read my full review of Forests Rocks Torrents here.