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Beyond the Light: Identity and Place in Nineteenth-Century Danish Art

Spira, Freyda, Stephanie Schrader, and Thomas Lederballe, with contributions by Gry Hedin and Karina Lykke Grand
228 pages
161 illustrations
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Though known as the Danish Golden Age, nineteenth-century Denmark was one of the most tumultuous periods in the nation's history—from the disastrous siege of Copenhagen and the collapse of Denmark's monarchy to the swelling tide of nationalism that eventually engulfed all of Europe. This volume places artists at the center of Denmark's dramatic cultural, political, and philosophical transformation by bringing together 90 drawings, paintings, and oil sketches by Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, Christen Købke, Constantin Hansen, Martinus Rørbye, Johan Thomas Lundbye, Vilhelm Hammershøi, and others. Five thematic essays by leading scholars in Denmark and the United States explore the way Danish artists manifested the pride, traditions, and anxieties of their nation; the sea's ever-changing role as a marker of Danish identity; the evolving nature of portraiture; nostalgia for the Danish landscape and folk traditions; and the influence on Danish artists of their travels throughout Europe.

View of the Town of Frederiksberg from the West, with Copenhagen on the Horizon, Heinrich Gustav Ferdinand Holm  Danish, Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, over graphite; framing line in pen and black ink, by the artist
Heinrich Gustav Ferdinand Holm
ca. 1823
The Harbor of Copenhagen from the Esplanade between Langelinie Park and Toldboden or the Customs House, Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg  Danish, Pen and gray ink, brush and gray wash, over graphite; verso: graphite; framing line in pen and black ink
Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg
Copenhagen Harbor by Moonlight, Johan Christian Dahl  Norwegian, Oil on canvas
Johan Christian Dahl
View of Frederiksborg Castle from the Northeast, Johan Christian Dahl  Norwegian, Pen and black ink, brush and gray wash, over a sketch in graphite
Johan Christian Dahl
Moonlight, Strandgade 30, Vilhelm Hammershøi  Danish, Oil on canvas
Vilhelm Hammershøi
Transept of Aarhus Cathedral, Christen Købke  Danish, Etching
Christen Købke
Thorvaldsens Museum, Copenhagen, Constantin Hansen  Danish, Oil on paper, laid down on canvas
Constantin Hansen
The Hall of Antiquities at Charlottenborg Palace, Copenhagen, Adam August Müller  Danish, Oil on canvas
Adam August Müller
A Large Oak, Lorenz Frølich  Danish, Oil on paper
Lorenz Frølich
Slender Trees on a Hill, Vilhelm Hammershøi  Danish, Graphite, incised for transfer; verso: made black with graphite, chalk or charcoal
Vilhelm Hammershøi
1896 or later
View from the Citadel Ramparts in Copenhagen by Moonlight, Martinus Rørbye  Danish, Oil on canvas
Martinus Rørbye
Sailing Vessels at Wilders Plads, Copenhagen, Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg  Danish, Pen and black ink with brush and brown and gray wash
Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg
The English Fleet Anchored at the Town of Beykoz, North of Istanbul, Anton Melbye  Danish, Graphite and charcoal
Anton Melbye
Linear Perspective, Applied to the Art of Painting: A Collection of Studies in Perspective, Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg  Danish, Eleven etched plates
Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg
Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg
Maritime Views, Peter Vilhelm Carl Kyhn  Danish, Etchings
Peter Vilhelm Carl Kyhn
Portrait of Vilhelm Hammershøi, Peter Ilsted  Danish, Etching
Peter Ilsted
Vilhelm Hammershøi
German Landscape with View toward a Broad Valley, Fritz Petzholdt  Danish, Oil on paper, laid down on canvas
Fritz Petzholdt
ca. 1829–30
A Section of the Via Sacra, Rome (The Church of Saints Cosmas and Damian), Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg  Danish, Oil on canvas
Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg
ca. 1814–15
A Section of the Via Sacra, Rome (The Church of Saints Cosmas and Damian), Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg  Danish, Graphite, brush and gray wash, framed with graphite and brush and blue watercolor
Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg
A Sunny Street at Tivoli, Thorald Læssøe  Danish, Pen and black ink, brush and gray wash, over graphite
Thorald Læssøe
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