C. W. Eckersberg

Denmark / 1783 - 1853 / wikipedia / smk.dk / youtube.com
Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg

... Eckersberg left behind many diaries filled with entries about his life. These books are full of stories about his life at Charlottenborg, his many journeys, and his daily walks.

The man who would grow up to become the father of Danish painting was born in Blåkrog, Schleswig on a January morning in 1783. Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg grew up in the southern region of Jutland, where he received his first training from local masters.

His ambitions made him yearn for more, and in 1803 Eckersberg went to Copenhagen to enroll at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, studying to become a history painter. In Copenhagen he studied under the prominent Danish artist Nicolai Abildgaard. Having graduated from the Copenhagen Academy, Eckersberg goes on to Paris in 1810 to continue his studies under one... (http://www.smk.dk/en/visit-the-museum/exhibitions/ensmuklgn/an-inside-look-at-the-artist/)

Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg (2 Jan. 1783 – 22 July 1853); Danish painter. Born in Blåkrog in the Duchy of Schleswig (now in Aabenraa Municipality, in the southern part of Jutland in Denmark), to Henrik Vilhelm Eckersberg, painter and carpenter, and Ingeborg Nielsdatter. He went on to lay the foundation for the period of art known as the Golden Age of Danish Painting, and is referred to as the Father of Danish painting.

"At first glance Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg’s works look like one-to-one representations of the real world. But in fact he adjusted and arranged things, taking out all the unsuitable bits to create a specific mood or tell a particular story.... Eckersberg’ constructed, perfect miniature worlds – the beautiful lie.

....Meticulous attention to detail, stringent soberness, and careful observation are all typical traits of Eckersberg. But while he observed reality with great clarity, he also edited it, reconstructing it to give it its perfect form." (http://www.smk.dk/en/visit-the-museum/exhibitions/ensmuklgn/)
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