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German Landscape with View towards a Broad Valley

Fritz Petzholdt (Danish, Copenhagen 1805–1838 Patras)
ca. 1829–30
Oil on paper, laid down on canvas
Original paper support: 5 3/16 x 9 11/16 in. (13.2 x 24.6 cm) Paper support mounted on stretched canvas: 5 13/16 x 10 1/4 in. (14.8 x 26 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Wheelock Whitney III, in honor of Eugene V. Thaw, 2009
Accession Number:
Not on view
Of all the followers of Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg (1783–1853), the founding father of the Golden Age of Danish painting, only Petzholdt devoted himself exclusively to landscape. Although the precise location of this small view has not been determined, it was evidently painted in Germany, where the artist sketched in 1829 and again the following year.
the artist's brother-in-law, Gottlieb Collin, Copenhagen (until d. 1886); his estate (reportedly sold with Collin's collection of works by Petzholdt, apparently within his family); possibly August Collin, Denmark (until d. 1939); Lauritz P. Larsen, Denmark (after 1939); his daughter and son-in-law, Nelly Larsen Dam and Dr. Johannes Dam, Denmark (until her d. 1964); Dr. Johannes Dam, Denmark (1964–at least 1985); private collection, Denmark (until 2007; sale, Bruun Rasmussen Bredgade, Copenhagen, September 6–17, 2007, no. 1168, for 75,000 kroners to Whitney); Wheelock Whitney III, Rhinebeck, N.Y. (2007–9)
Copenhagen. Kunstforeningen. "Fritz Petzholdt, 1805–1838," March 23–April 21, 1985, no. 32 (as "Tysk landskab med udsigt til en bred dal," lent by a private collector).

Henry Tuxen. [List of 50 paintings by Fritz Petzholdt]. 1942/43, unpaginated, no. 28 [see Drigsdahl 1985].

Erik Drigsdahl. Fritz Petzholdt, 1805–1838. Exh. cat., Kunstforeningen. Copenhagen, 1985, p. 28, no. 32.

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