Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, A Sailor taking Leave of His Girlfriend, 1840. Ribe Kunstmuseum

A Beautiful Lie – Eckersberg

Exhibition period: 8 October 2015 – 24 January 2016

In the exhibition you could explore C.W. Eckersberg’s perfect miniature worlds in a sterling selection of works by this versatile master, whose beautiful lies are as striking today as they were 150 years ago. 

At first glance Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg’s works look like one-to-one representations of the real world. But in fact he adjusted and arranged things, taking out all the unsuitable bits to create a specific mood or tell a particular story. This exhibition homed in on Eckersberg’s constructed, perfect miniature worlds – on the beautiful lie. 

Striving for the perfect picture 
The exhibition focused on one of the leading figures of the Danish Golden Age of art and on his striving for the perfect picture. You got to explore every aspect of this truly unique figure on the Danish art scene – the man that has been called the father of Danish painting.

Meticulous attention to detail, stringent soberness, and careful observation are all typical traits of Eckersberg. But while he observed reality with great clarity, he also edited it, reconstructing it to give it its perfect form.

Practical information

Opening hours
Tuesdays – Sundays 10–17
Wednesdays 10–20
Mondays closed

Admission fee
Adults: DKK 110
Under 27: DKK 85
Under 18: free
Annual Pass holders: free

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Exploring Eckersberg’s world

The exhibition gave you an inside view of this major artist, who made such a profound impression on Danish art. As you journey through five distinct themed areas you got to explore how Eckersberg depicts epic tales and everyday scenes and how he became able to make naked bodies appear so lifelike on the canvas. 

The exhibition looked into how Eckersberg depicts natural phenomena, and how he adjusts reality in his images. It also considered Eckersberg’s ability to capture the external and internal features of his sitters.

Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, Figures by the Seine, Paris, 1812

An inside look at the artist

Behind the artist

He has become a legend in Danish art history, where he is often called the father of Danish painting.

Read more about the artist who had such a huge impact on Danish art history: Christoffer Wilhelm  Eckersberg.

Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, Reclining Female Nude, 1811