For this “paintings and photographs” comparison I’m sharing my favorite Norwegian painter, Johan Christian Dahl, again. With today’s painting, he shows a perspective of my exact part of the world.
The name of this painting, View of Lysekloster near Bergen, is a bit misleading. It doesn’t show the cloisters (see my post here for that); rather, it’s of the farmland next to the ruins, and its perspective of this area as seen from the farm looking down towards Lysefjorden.
The landscape depicted in this 19th century painting between the inlet and fjord is now full of houses, and the trees have grown and block much of the view where the contemplative woman is sitting. Lysøen is visible in the fjord, although Ole Bull’s Villa hasn’t been built there yet. Beyond Lysøen is the area we see when looking out our windows, beyond THAT is where we took an “unexpected discoveries” walk, and even further out are the islands that dot this part of the world leading out to the North/Norwegian Sea.
My walk last week was to try and get to this area and capture a 21st century perspective of this view, but once on the journey I realized that the hiking path turned to the right of the scene in the painting, and with the trees that have grown (and not wanting to walk on someone’s property) I can’t get this specific angle. But I do have several images to share, and — bonus! — it’s the right time of the year; I’m pleased with how the colors of the landscape and the cloudy/hazy sunshine of Dahl’s painting and my camera’s views are similar. What was frustrating, though, is the position of the sun; the reality at this time of year is it was in my viewfinder as I looked towards Lysefjorden. Dahl could work around that a bit better with his paintbrush and talent!
Looking up towards the tree-covered pasture area where Dahl’s woman was sitting two centuries ago
Looking down towards the fjord from the perspective of the right of the painting
Looking at more of the farm buildings from the perspective of the left of the painting
Looking down at the inlet and out towards Lysøen
(Here is where the perspective of Dahl’s painting is located on the map.)