Burial by Moonlight, c. 1840

Heinrich Anton Dähling

Hannover 1773 - 1850 Potsdam

Burial by Moonlight, c. 1840

Oil on canvas
31,5 x 41,5 cm

With an old inscription on the original stretcher: "Prof. Dähling"

We are grateful to Prof. Dr. Helmut Börsch-Supan for the confirmation of the attribution (see his essay, dated May 18, 2018).

Dähling´s multifaceted career in Berlin as collaborator with Karl Friedrich Schinkel (e.g. the wall-decorations for King Friedrich Wilhelm IV´s tea room in the Berlin castle) and as the influential teacher of Carl Blechen at the Berlin Academy is surprisingly little known.
Strangely of the 60 or more works he submitted to the Berlin Academy exhibition between
1798 - 1850 the identities are lost.
Our picture represents a romantic tendency no doubt inspired by the contemporary example of Caspar David Friedrich. It can perhaps be associated with a Moonlit Landscape exhibited in Berlin by Dähling in 1842 (please see accompanying essay by Prof. Börsch-Supan).

Private collection, Berlin