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Sunset on the Water
  • Artist Carl Skånberg (Swedish, 1850 - 1883)
  • TitleSunset on the Water
  • Dating 1876
  • Technique/MaterialOil on canvas
  • Dimensions72 x 121,5 cm
  • AcquisitionBequest of Gustaf Werner (1859–1948) to the City of Gothenburg. Transferred to the Gothenburg Museum of Art in 2013.
  • CategoryOil painting
  • Inventory NumberGKM 2013-95
  • Display StatusNot shown in the museum
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The low-lying sun is reflected as a column of light on the water. There is a family in a boat and on a jetty, to the right where white smoke billows forth. It is high tide. Wooden poles disappear in a perspective shortening. Tall grass grows at the water’s edge. A flight of birds traverses the sky where the clouds break. The flat landscape is reminiscent of Holland where Skånberg painted, influenced by 15th–century masters such as Jan van Goyen as well as the contemporary Hague School with its realistic landscape painting. He often depicted coastal landscapes and life in a harbour, with a particular interest in everyday activities. Skånberg was popular among his friends who gave him the nickname “Skånis”. He is supposed to have been touchy and sarcastic, a gourmand and a dandy. In his short career – Skånberg suffered from Pott’s disease, had a stoop, heart disease and asthma and died prematurely at the age of 33 – he created an oeuvre that impressed his fellow artists and contributed to the renewal of Swedish landscape painting.