Carl Ludwig Bille, Nocturne With Paddlesteamer & Rowing Boat

Carl Ludwig Bille, Nocturne With Paddlesteamer & Rowing Boat

This peaceful 19th-century nocturne by Danish artist, Carl Ludwig Bille (1815-1898) evokes the elemental romance of the ocean under moonlight. A moment of calm after a long day of sailing.

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 in the lower left and framed.

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Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 20½” x 14” / 52cm x 36cm
Year of creation: 1879
Condition: Three old patches on the reverse but overall very presentable. Frame with some age-related wear.
Artist’s auction highlight: £28,356 achieved for an oil painting in 2000.

Conservation & History

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