Carl Bille

Coastal Marine Scene With Ships & Overcast Sky

Carl Bille

Coastal Marine Scene With Ships & Overcast Sky

This fine 19th-century marine scene by Danish artist Carl Ludwig Bille (1815-1898) depicts several sailboats buffeted by waves. The predominant ship leans towards its port side - a Danish flag flutters in the wind.

Bille was a master of capturing seafaring conditions and spent many years offshore studying the elements first-hand. Underpinning his work was a passion for sailing and he probably sketched this while onboard. Note the tonal variance within each wave, bringing movement and added theatre.

His son, Vilhelm, and grandson, Willy, also became painters.

Signed/dated in the lower left and framed.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 32½” x 23” / 82cm x 58cm
Year of creation: 1876
Condition: Artwork presents well. Fine craquelure but the paint is stable. Canvas relined. Frame with some light wear.
Artist’s auction maximum: £28,356

Carl Bille

Carl Bille

Carl Ludwig Bille was one of the foremost Danish marine artists of his time. Working during the 19th century, he captured the many shifting states of the sea with a detailed yet dramatic eye. He studied under Carl Dahl (1812-1865) and later at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. His works are held in various public collections.

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