The Midnight Sun at mid-summer in Lapland, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 39
The artist spent several years in Lapland, under the patronage of the King of Denmark, studying Nature, under its peculiar aspects in that country; and he is celebrated for his skill in the representation of the scenery of the artic regions. The view of the midnight sun has always been considered one of the most imposing scenes of those northern latitudes. It is thus described by Miss Bremer in her "Nina": "The sky was clear, and a silent midnight saw the travellers assembled in glad sunshine on one of the green hills. Slowly descended the sun--it extinguished one beam after another. All eyes followed it. Now it sank lower--ever lower--lower. Suddenly, however, it stood still, as if upheld by an invisible hand. Nature seemed like them, to be in anxious suspense: not an insect moved its humming wing; all was silent; a death-like stillness reigned, while the sun, glowing red, threw a strange light over the earth. O, wonderful, almighty Power% It began again slowly to ascend; it clothed itself again with beams, like a pure glorified spirit; it became every moment more dazzling. A breath% and Nature lives and the birds sing again%" [P. 13.]
Albany Gallery of the Fine Arts, Incorporated 1846. Catalog of the Fifth Exhibition. 1850. Albany: Printed by Charles Van Benthuysen. 1850.