(Danish, 1870-1959)


Oil on Canvas

13¼ x 10½ Inches

Signed Lower Left, "Hugo V.P."


An antique oil painting of an Indian man wearing a saffron and coral turban and a gold earring, shown gazing towards the viewer with quiet, unassuming authority; an exceptionally atmospheric and psychologically penetrating portrait by this notable Danish Orientalist.


Hugo Pedersen first studied under Frantz Peter Henningsen at Copenhagen's Royal Academy of Fine Arts. In 1895, he traveled to Sumatra, Java, Malaysia and Singapore, where he made numerous portrait sketches that were later published in the book, 'Through the East-Indian Archipelago'. He then lived for some time in Dutch India and, later, in British India where he continued to develop his skills as a portraitist and figural painter. Pedersen became a favored portraitist of both Indian and European rulers, which earned him the nickname "The Rajah painter". His figural works were executed in a sweeping style with a sense of both the narrative and the dramatic. Pedersen favored a bold, modernist palette and he combined bravura brushwork with meticulous attention to detail. In his own lifetime, he received international recognition for his work which was widely circulated through reproductions. Hugo Pedersen was the recipient of numerous prizes, medals and juried awards and he is listed in all major art reference works including both Thieme-Becker and Benezit's definitive Dictionary of Artists. We are pleased to offer this masterpiece by the artist, painted when Pedersen was about thirty years old.



E. Benezit, Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs, Jacques Busse, 1999 Nouvelle Édition, Gründ 1911, Vol. 10, p. 679; Thieme-Becker Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zu Gengenwart, Ulrich Thieme and Felix Becker, Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag 1992, Vol. 26, p. 339; Weilbach, Dansk Kunstnerleksikon, the Castle and Cultural Agency, Copenhagen; et al.







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