Welcome Guests from Denmark
As part of a long-term cooperation agreement with the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, the Hamburger Kunsthalle presents Danish landscape painting from the ”Golden Age”. Following on from the exhibitions In the light of Caspar David Friedrich. Early plein-air painting in Denmark and North Germany (2000) and the Vilhelm Hammershøi retrospective (2003), this is the third project to result from our close collaboration.
Welcome Guests from Denmark focuses on landscape depictions
from the ”Golden Age” of the early 19th century; among
the best-known painters in this genre are Frederik Sødring
(1809–1862), Christen Købke (1810–1848) and Johan
Thomas Lundbye (1818–1848). Unlike students at all the other
art academies in Europe, young painters in Copenhagen were taught
by Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg (1783–1853) to study the landscape
in natural light. Their paintings from nature present everyday scenes
and details from the landscape of their home country.
The appeal of the Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen extended even beyond the boundaries of Denmark in the first half of the 19th century. Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840), Georg Friedrich Kersting (1785–1847) and Philipp Otto Runge (1777–1810) were among those who studied there around 1800; paintings by these artists can be seen in the adjoining rooms of the exhibition.
Welcome Guests from Denmark aims to throw new light upon
the close links between landscape painting in Denmark and Germany
in the early 19th century. The Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen
has kindly agreed to lend these paintings to the Kunsthalle for approximately
one year. In 2007 the Kunsthalle will in turn make a guest appearance
in Copenhagen with works by German Romantic painters.
Christopher Wilhelm Eckersberg
Hamburger Kunsthalle Glockengießerwall 20095 Hamburg
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