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Wilhelm Bendz (1804-32), A Young Artist (Ditlev Blunck) Examining a Sketch in a Mirror, 1826

Wilhelm Bendz (1804-32), A Young Artist (Ditlev Blunck) Examining a Sketch in a Mirror, 1826. 98x85 cm, kms280
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A young artist is taking a break from his work, holding up a study in front of a mirror to see how the composition would look in reverse.

How the painters saw themselves
The picture gives an impression of how the painters of the time saw themselves: As serious, self-aware artists. The particular painter in this picture is standing in a crowded room surrounded by his tools and paraphernalia: a paintbox, palette, and easel as well as a skull and a sketchbook suggesting that careful studies precede the final painting.

Art as a mirror held up to life
A zigzagging motion leads up through the lower half of the picture to the painting held in the artist’s hands. Only the back of the painting is shown directly, with the front seen only in the mirror. This alludes to the era’s view of art as a mirror held up to life.

The new role emerging for artists
Wilhelm Bendz was keenly interested in the new role emerging for artists in the early 19th century; they were no longer regarded as specialist craftsmen, but as intellectual workers, as artists in the modern sense. In the 1820s, he painted a number of pictures of artists at work. The artist in this picture is Bendz’s fellow student Ditlev Blunck engaged in painting a portrait of Jørgen Sonne, a painter of battle scenes.


Close-up or another view

Here you can zoom-in on the work for a close-up view of all of the details. - Or you can gain a new understanding about the work by watching films where researchers, conservators and artists talk about the work from their viewpoint.


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More views of the work – see the films

Wilhelm Bendz - in the artist’s view
The artist Hannah Heilmann tells about Wilhelm Bendz painting: A young Artist (Ditlev Blunck) Examing a Sketch in a Mirror.

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Producer:
Mathilde Schyt Marvit
Camera and editing: Martin Pedersen
Contributory: Hannah Heilmann


Wilhelm Bendz - in the researcher's view
Our senior researcher Kasper Monrad tells about Wilhelm Bendz' painting: A young Artist (Ditlev Blunck) examining a Sketch in a Mirror.

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Producer:
Mathilde Schytz Marvit
Camera and editing: Martin Pedersen
Contributory: Kasper Monrad


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