Carl August Heinrich Ferdinand Oesterley  

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Carl August Heinrich Ferdinand Oesterley (January 23, 1839 - December 16, 1930) was a German landscape painter who was a native of Göttingen. He was the son of painter Carl Friedrich Wilhelm Oesterley (1805-1891).

He attended classes at the Polytechnikum in Hannover and, beginning 1857, at the Kunstakademie (Art Academy) in Düsseldorf where he studied religious painting under Ernst Deger. During a visit to Lübeck in 1865, where he copied Hans Memling's Passion, he made some attempts at architectural and landscape painting. These turned out so well that from then on he dedicated himself to landscape painting. Beginning in 1870 he focused his artistic efforts mainly on Norwegian landscapes, for which he devoted several study trips. He lived in Hamburg and received a first-class medal from the Münchener Ausstellung (Munich Exhibition).

Selected paintings

His best works, characterized by their grand conception and skillful use of color and light, are:

  • Mitternachtstimmung bei den Lofoten, (Midnight mood in the Lofoten)
  • Norwegische Gebirgsschlucht, (Norwegian Gebirgsschlucht)
  • Romsdalsfjord, norwegischer Fjord, (Romsdalshorn Fjord, Norwegian fjord)
  • Raftsund im nördlichen Norwegen, (Raftsund in northern Norway)
  • Fischer an der norwegischen Küste, (Fisher on the Norwegian coast)
  • Nordische Sommernacht, (Nordic summer night)
  • Oldenvand im Nordfjord, (Oldenvand in Nordfjord)




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