Valdemar Hjartvar Købke (1813–1893), the Artist's Brother

Christen Købke Danish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 807

This portrait of Købke’s younger brother in his seaman’s uniform was painted soon before the artist left Copenhagen for a sojourn in Italy. It is an incisive likeness, remarkable for its psychological intensity. Købke, who is widely regarded as the greatest Danish painter to emerge from the Copenhagen Academy of Fine Arts, brought a distinctive clarity and luminosity to the naturalist aesthetic of his teacher, Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg.

Valdemar Hjartvar Købke (1813–1893), the Artist's Brother, Christen Købke (Danish, Copenhagen 1810–1848 Copenhagen), Oil on canvas

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