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Christen Købke's View of a Street in Østerbro outside Copenhagen. Morning light, 1836

Christen Købke's large-scale painting View of a Street in Østerbro outside Copenhagen. Morning Light have been taken out of storage and brought up to the conservation department. The works have been examined and restored as part of the ongoing work on art of Outstanding National Importance.

Lasts about 4 minutes.

Købke’s view of Copenhagen
See a film of art historian Kasper Monrad talking about Christen Købke’s scenes from Østerbro, a neighbourhood in Copenhagen.

The painting View of a Street in Østerbro outside Copenhagen. Morning Light
Through his career, the Danish artist Christen Købke (1810 – 1848) painted a number of scenes depicted the Copenhagen of his day. During the course of the summer of 1835, Købke painted a large-scale scene from Østerbrogade, a main street in the Østerbro neighbourhood. View of a Street in Østerbro outside Copenhagen. Morning Light is owned by the National Gallery of Denmark and can be viewed in the Gallery’s room 218.

The preliminary studies
The museum owns a large collection of preliminary studies for the painting. The studies were drawn by Købke, and he did a thorough job. The façade of the large house to the right, the horse-drawn carriages, the women on the pavements, the cows, the views of trees and rooftops. All were committed to paper in sketchbooks or sketch pads.

The paper conservators’ work with the studies
The Gallery’s paper conservators have assessed the condition of all the preliminary studies. The many sketches for View of a Street in Østerbro outside Copenhagen. Morning Light vary in terms of their condition. Some studies are characterised by brownish-yellow areas caused by the artist’s use of a fixing agent in order to preserve the pencil lines. The fixing agent has yellowed with age. Other studies have stains and spots that are less immediately identifiable. As their treatment was completed, all studies have been mounted in passe-partouts made of acid-free cardboard.

Source: article by Hans Edvard Nørregård-Nielsen, View of a Street in Østerbro outside Copenhagen. Morning Light from the book "Christen Købke (1810-1848)", 1996, Statens Museum for Kunst.

Updated: 7.jul.2014
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