The Romantic Danish Landscape Paintings

Studie af Himmel og Trætoppe af P. E. Skovgaard (1817 – 1875)

Romantic Landscapes
I saw the exhibition GULD – skatte fra den danske guldalder (Gold – treasures from the Danish Golden Age) at Aros, Aarhus Kunstmusem recently. The exhibition presents the Danish ‘Golden Age’ painters, a generation of romantic painters from 1800 – 1850, who painted Danish landscapes, portraits, and exotic images of people and landscapes in Italy. I am fascinated by the above small painting by P. E Skovgaard (1817 – 1875) titled Studie af Himmel og Trætoppe (Study of Sky and Treetops). The composition of the image looks so similar to that of a photograph. I take it that the artist must have been inspired by the new media. The photography was invented in the 1830s.

Caspar David Friedrich

Caspar David Friedrich
At this exhibition I also learned that the German romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich (1774 – 1840) also was a part of the above mentioned generation of Danish ‘Golden Age’ painters, as he went to Copenhagen and studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts before he settled in Dresden and began painting his famous German landscapes.

Chalk Cliffs on Rügen by Caspar David Friedrich, painted about 1818.
Photo Courtesy of Museum Oskar Reinhart