Christian Berthelsen, Rural Landscape With Fields, Lake & Distant Church

Christian Berthelsen, Rural Landscape With Fields, Lake & Distant Church

A charming late 19th-century landscape painting depicting a view across fields to a lake and distant church.

A farmer is raking hay atop a horse-drawn cart while a woman, perhaps his wife, is looking on. While down at the lake, three figures appear to be fishing as a sailboat passes by.

The artist, Christian Berthelsen (1839-1909), is known for his restful landscapes - particularly of views in the Svendborg area. Several of his works have appeared at Christie’s including ‘Returning From The Coast At Dusk’, which sold in 2012.

The painting is monogrammed in the lower right and housed with a period gilded frame with foliate and a decorative outer border.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 33” x 23½” / 84cm x 60cm
Year of creation: c. 1890
Provenance: Denmark
Condition: Light craquelure in areas and a few minor losses. Could be cleaned to restore its vibrancy if required. Frame with various signs of age-related wear.
Artist’s auction highlight: £3,502 achieved for ‘Children's birthday by Emilie Kilde, Klampenborg’ at an auction in Denmark in 2000.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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