Dialogue with Europe
The Late Golden Age 1840-80
This room and 219 present different approaches to travelling and the ways in which encounters with other countries and other veins of art are processed by travellers. This room focuses on Danish artists who entered into a dialogue with the Europe of their day. These included artists such as Carl Bloch, Jerichau Baumann, and David Jacobsen, who have subsequently been grouped under the designation “The Europeans”.
Not Danish Enough
"The Europeans" was a heterogeneous group that opposed the dominant trends in Denmark, where there was widespread scepticism against artists who looked to the international art scene and chose to work abroad.
Characteristic features of the Europeans include pointed narratives that at times employ rather theatrical effects; an international range of motifs, including oriental scenes; and a favour for brownish colours. The occasionally somewhat heavy-handed rhetoric was viewed as running counter to the notions about the Danes and their more modest, simpler ways of life.