Cristoffer Vilhelm Eckersberg

Eckersberg, Cristoffer Vilhelm


Born Jan. 2, 1783, in Blaakrog; died July 22,1853, in Copenhagen. Danish painter.

Eckersberg began his art studies at a school affiliated with the Academy of Arts in Copenhagen, and from 1810 to 1813 he studied in J. L. David’s studio in Paris. He lived in Rome from 1813 to 1816. He was a Professor at the Academy of Arts in Copenhagen from 1818 and served as its director from 1827 to 1829.

The works of Eckersberg, strongly influenced by classicism, had an important influence on the development of the national Danish school of painting. They include expressive portraits executed in a severe style, for example, Portrait of Thorwaldsen (1814, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen), and landscapes noted for their delicate and light palette.