Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg
Blaakrog, Denmark 1783 - 1853 Copenhagen
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Rights held by: National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., gift of Victoria and Roger Sant
As a child, Eckersberg sketched in the countryside, which led to an apprenticeship and training at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen; he then continued under the direction of Jacques-Louis David in Paris. In June 1813, he traveled to Rome, where he became part of a group of international artists engaged in open-air painting. In 1816, he returned to the Academy in Copenhagen, first as professor and later director. He is often referred to as the father of the Golden Age of Danish painting during the first half of the 19th century.
Text written and researched by Michelle Bird National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.
Oil on canvas
31.8 x 47.4 cm
This can be found in Gallery 13: Mellon Gallery Exhibitions