New acquisitions: Five paintings by Christoffer

By on November 16, 2016

National Museum has expanded its collection of Danish art with no less than five works of Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg. Each of them represents different sides of Eckersberg artistry. From his student years in Paris through artistic rebirth in Paris and Rome to the established but never stagnant life in Copenhagen.

Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg (1783-1853) held the Danish Academy of travel grants during the years 1812-16, but left Copenhagen for Paris as early as 1810. There he studied for about a year for Jacques-Louis David. Eckersberg art is often seen in the light of the teacher, but in fact he lived in Paris for over a year before he began his studies with David. Oedipus and Antigone from 1812 is interesting in this regard. The meeting with the art treasures in Paris was overwhelming for Eckersberg, who in November 1811 wrote home and told that he suffered from inferiority complex. A year later, he announced that he felt like a part of the art world.

With the new acquisitions can the National Museum tell the story of an unusually long and successful artist. The impact Eckersberg had during his life in Denmark experiencing his art again today, though internationally, then paintings continuously acquired by museums and collectors worldwide.

The acquisitions were made possible by donations from Wirosfonden and Sophia Giesecke fund. Nationalmuseum has no own funds to purchase art and crafts for collections, instead by donations and private foundations and funds.

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