Tuesday, May 25, 2010

NORDIC LANDSCAPES



Peder Mork Monsted was born shortly after 50 of the most remarkable years that Denmark had ever seen, known today as their Golden Age. Although artistically isolated from other countries, Denmark produced a body of paintings collectively, that was very similar in feel and temperament, if not technique.
The landscape was the defining subject in the artwork. The artists went into the countryside looking for the best way to capture their beloved country. The problem that many of them faced is that their beloved Denmark was all but gone. Their aim was to paint a romantic feeling about the countryside in a simple, straightforward, unpretentious way (like the Danish people), with unsurpassed clarity of light and attention to detail. However, there was almost no unspoiled landscape left for them to paint. .....Monsted recognized that it was not necessary to capture only the pristine landscape, but also the people who inhabit it involved in a daily routine.
The artists of the Danish Golden Age, and Monsted himself, never let technique become a distraction from the portrayal of their countryside; it is always subordinated to let the viewer see the subject clearly. The colors are most often clean, tasteful, with an emphasis on sunlight, the quality of day, and ethereal effects.
(Aaron Holland Fine Art)


On The Venetian Lagoon
Oil on panel
Private collection
From ARC


Peder Mork Monsted learned the art of landscape painting in Aarhus under widely – Italy (1882), Paris (1883), Algeria & Switzerland (1899) and Greece (1892). He painted landscapes of the countries he visited and an occasional portrait such as the of King George of Greece and Olaf Paulsen. He exhibited 122 works at the Charlottenborg for 1878 to 1941. Principally he painted Dutch scenes of beaches, forests and glistening streams and pastures….. Monsted is listed in Benezit’s Dictionnaire des Peintures, & Weilbach’s Kunster Lexikon of Danish artists.
(Susan Donaldson Fine Art designsourcect.com)


On the Outskirts of Cairo
Oil on canvas, 1893
Private collection
From ARC


View of Cairo
Oil On Panel, 1894
Private collection
From ARC


As an artist he experimented with subject matter, ranging from Northern European winter scenes to North African orientalist images. Generally speaking however, he is most celebrated for his Scandinavian winter and summer landscapes. His summer scenes are characterised by the vibrant greens and yellows of the trees, shrubs and grasses as they try to optimise the short summer growing season. His treatment of the foliage contrasts with the beautifully observed streams and lakes that often feature in his compositions.
(WILLIAMS & SON)


A River Landscape
Oil on canvas, 1897
Public collection
Image courtesy of the Brian Yoder's Art Gallery


Cows Grazing
Oil on canvas, 1900
Private collection
From ARC


A Summer's Day
Oil on canvas, 1905
Private collection
From ARC


A Forest Stream
Oil on canvas, 1907
Private collection
from ARC


Torbole
Oil on canvas, 1909
Private collection
From ARC


The forest path
Oil on canvas
Private collection
From ARC


At Seaby
Oil on canvas, 1914
Private collection
Added: 2002-02-27 00:00:00
From ARC


Flodlandskab
Oil on canvas, 1914
Private collection
Private Collection, SCleswig-Holstein
From ARC


Flodbred
Oil on canvas, 1914
Private collection
From ARC


A Boat Moored On A Quiet Lake
Oil on canvas, 1919
Private collection
From ARC


Woodland Stream
Oil on canvas, 1923
Private collection
From ARC


By contrast his winter scenes reflect the massive gulf between the Scandinavian seasons, in their stark beauty. The formally verdant pastures and woodlands are covered in a thick blanket of snow, the plant life lying dormant waiting for the onset of the spring. Monsted today, is rightly feted as an accomplished exponent of the landscape genre and this is reflected in the commercial success of his work.
(WILLIAMS & SON)


Legende Born I Sneen
Oil On Canvas, 1908
Private collection
FromARC


Snedaekket Flodbred
Oil On Canvas, 1915
Private collection
From ARC


Forest in Winter
Oil On Canvas, 1915
Private collection
From ARC


A Winters Day in Charlottenlund 1918
From Articles and Texticles


On The Snowy Path
Oil on canvas, 1918
Private collection
From ARC


Lindenborg Kro
Oil on canvas, 1931
Private collection
From ARC


A Mountain Torrent In A Winter Landscape
Oil on canvas
Private collection
From ARC



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