Monumental Frithjof Smith-Hald (Norway, France, 1846 - 1903) painting of "apres la messe" (After Mass). Depicting figures walking through a pathway in a field with a church in the distance near the horizon. Oil on canvas laid on board. Signed lower right. Sight size: 38 x 59 inches. From 1873 to 1878 Smith-Hald was at the Art Academy in D?sseldorf where Gude had been from 1841. But he preferred Paris and moved there in 1878, and became Norway's most famous painter in Europe at the time. He received various foreign medals. In the 1890s the family moved to Bergen, but moved abroad again in 1895, and lived partly in Belgian Antwerp from 1898.