Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg
The Danish Golden Age 1800-50
Eckersberg is one of the most important and influential artists ever to come out of Denmark. His impact made itself felt on several generations of artists. The Romantic undercurrents of his youthful efforts disappeared during his studies in Paris 1810-13, where his art took on a sober, classical feel based on painstaking observation. He reached his full artistic maturity in Rome in 1813-16. Here, he was the first artist to introduce open-air painting in Danish art.
Upon his return to Denmark in 1816 he briefly became a very sought-after and trendsetting portrait painter. Upon being appointed professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1818 he began what would be 35 years of teaching, passing on his views of art to students. In later years, his abiding interest in perspective and in the depiction of light and shadow found expression in his teaching and in his marine paintings and scenes from everyday life.