(Danish, 1882-1952)


Oil on Canvas

29½ x 25½ Inches

Monogrammed Upper Left, "P.B."

Bearing Labels, Verso, with Artist's Signature and

Titled in Danish, "Man with a Red Book"


Peter Boyesen first studied at the Copenhagen Art academy (1896-1901) before attending Kristian Zahrtmann's art school, where he trained under Zahrtmann for 4 years (1901-1904). At the Charlottenborg spring exhibition in 1906, Bøyesen entered two paintings, and was immediately awarded the Museum's purchase prize. From 1907, he exhibited frequently, both at the Charlottenborg and at Den Frie Udstilling, Denmark's oldest artist association. During this period, he was awarded numerous scholarships including the prestigious Hielmstierne--Rosencrone scholarship, which he won three times, (1906, 1909, 1911); the Raben-Levetzau prize (1907) and, twice, the Academy Award, (1912, 1924). The resulting financial stipends allowed him to travel frequently throughout Europe, including to Paris (1912) where he was exposed to the ferment of developments in Modernist theory and, later, to Germany and Italy where he was able to study and absorb the techniques of the Renaissance masters.


Now a notable theorist of Modernism, Boyesen was appointed as teacher at the Copenhagen Art Academy (1910-1919). In 1920, increasingly dissatisfied with the limitations of a traditional academic environment, he established his own school, where many ambitious aspiring artists, including Emil Nolde, came to study and absorb the avante garde ideas that Boyesen enthusiastically advanced. In 1924, he was appointed to membership of the Academy Council, where he served with distinction until 1931. In addition to easel painting, both of figurative works and landscapes, he was also a sought-after fresco painter and muralist, executing important public installations and commissions that he painted in a Post-Impressionist derivation of Social Realism. Over the course of a long career, Boyeson continued to exhibit widely and with success and to be the recipient of numerous prizes, medals and juried awards. The artist's work is held in the permanent collections of numerous public museums and he is listed in all relevant art reference works including Benezit and Thieme-Becker.


We are pleased to offer this eloquent and compelling figural work, dating to circa 1923.



Thieme-Becker Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zu Gengenwart, Ulrich Thieme and Felix Becker, Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag 1992, Vol. 4, p. 492; E. Benezit, Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs, Jacques Busse, 1999 Nouvelle Édition, Gründ 1911, Vol. 11, p. 943-944; et al.







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