(Danish, 1860 - 1940)
Oil on Stretched Canvas
21½ x 27¾ Inches
Signed Lower Right
A dramatic, early twentieth-century work by this notable Post-Impressionist painter and art theorist. Julius Paulsen studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 1882. In 1885, he travelled to the Netherlands, France and Belgium where he made a particular study of the works of Rembrandt. In Paris, he was exposed to the ferment of Modernist art ideas which led him to lighten his palette and to seek more subjective and emotional forms of expression. Paulsen's work bears the influence of Realism, Symbolism and Impressionism but he was also inspired by Dutch 17th-century art as can be seen in his 1902 painting, Portrait Group, in Skagens Museum. Paulsen was associated with several of the Skagen Painters who gathered each summer in the north of Jutland but did not visit Skagen itself until after 1900. While there, he painted several portraits of his friend, the artist Laurits Tuxen and his family as well as a number of semi-abstract landscapes. From 1908 to 1920, Paulsen was a professor at the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen. The artist's portrait of P.S. Kroyer hangs in the Museum of National History in Frederiksborg Palace. We are pleased to offer this exceptional painting, dating to the artist's middle period.
Benezit Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs, Vol.10, p.648; Thieme-Becker, Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Kunstler, Vollmer Supplement, Vol.3, p.556; Davenport's Art Reference, 2007/2008 ed., p. 1810; et al.
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