Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann

Poland / Denmark / 1819 - 1881 / wikipedia
Anna Maria Elisabeth Lisinska Jerichau-Baumann (Nov. 21, 1819 – July 11, 1881, Copenhagen); Polish-Danish painter of German origin. She was married to the sculptor Jens Adolf Jerichau.

Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann was born in Żoliborz, a borough of Warsaw. Her father Philip Adolph Baumann, a mapmaker, and her mother, Johanne Frederikke Reyer, were German.

At 19, she began her studies at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf which at the time was one of the most important art centers in Europe and her early subject matter was drawn from Slovak life. She is associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting. She began exhibiting there and in 1844 attracted public attention for the first time. After she moved to Rome, her paintings were primarily of local life. It was here that she met her future husband, Jens Adolf Jerichau, whom she married in 1846. When the artist couple was not traveling, she spent many hours a day in their studio in Rome...

The couple moved to Copenhagen in 1849 where her husband became a professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Elisabeth was not well received by the Danish art world which was preoccupied at the time with preserving a Danish artistic identity based in the Danish Golden Age of art and the legacy of C.W. Eckersberg. She was not intimidated, however, and tried to find subjects that would appeal to the Danish public. Even though her painting Danmark (1851) became well-known, she had more success with painting portraits of important Danes and did several of Queen Louise of Denmark and her daughters ...

She had great success abroad, however, and had a special following in France where she was twice represented at the World Fair in Paris...

In 1869, she was admitted into the harem of Mustafa Fazil Paşa...

The Jerichaus had 9 children, two of whom died in infancy. Of the rest, several became accomplished painters...
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