Carl Bille

Coastal Nocturne With Sailboats

Carl Bille

Coastal Nocturne With Sailboats

This fine late 19th-century nocturne by Danish artist Carl Bille (1815-1898) depicts an atmospheric coastal view with sailboats.

A broad channel of silvery light radiates from a partially obscured moon while several sailboats navigate tranquil waters. The sky is abundant with clouds suggesting an incoming storm or change in fortunes.

Bille was a master of marine scenes and spent many years offshore studying the conditions first-hand. Underpinning his work was a passion for sailing and respect for those working at sea.

Signed/dated lower right and held within a gilt frame.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 22” x 20” / 56cm x 51cm
Year of creation: 1878
Provenance: Private collection, Denmark.
Condition: Artwork presents well. Fine craquelure but the paint is stable. 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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