Peder Mork Monsted Denmark

12-10-1859 Balle Mølle, DEN – 6-20-1941 Fredensborg, DEN

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Monsted, Peder Mork

Peder Mork Monsted was born at the end of the “golden age” of Danish painting, Monsted can be described as a product of that era. A landscape painter renowned for the clarity of light common to the painters of that age, his naturalistic “plain air” view paintings made Peder Mork Monsted the leading Danish landscapist of his age.

Peder Mork Monsted was much influenced by his teacher Andries Fritz, court painter to Prince Ferdinand and he also studied figure painting under Julius Exner and Niels Simonsen. Monsted´s style developed further in the studio of Peder Severin Kroyer and through a brief period with William Adolphe Bouguereau. Although established in Copenhagen, Monsted travailed extensively throughout his long career, being a frequent visitor to Switzerland, Italy and North Africa.

The WW1 curtailed Peder Mork Monsted's travel to Norway and Sweden, and in the 1920's and 1930's he returned to the Mediterranean. Throughout his long career, Monsted continued to paint the Danish landscape and coastline.

Peder Mork Monsted work was frequently exhibited in the Paris and Munich Salons. He is widely recognized for his luminous winter snow landscape oil paintings often featuring water, which demonstrate an almost photographic quality and supreme technical skill. An artistic style all his own which won him great acclaim and affluence in his own life time.

Art Movement: Realism
Influences: Niels Simonsen, Julius Exner, William Adolphe Bouguereau
Traveled: Italy, France, Algeria, Greece, Egypt, Spain, Switzerland, Germany
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