Johan Laurentz Jensen Denmark

3-8-1800 Gentofte, DEN - 3-26-1856 Copenhagen, DEN

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Jensen, Johan Laurentz

Johan Laurentz Jensen at an early age expressed the desire to draw, studied at the Danish Academy, he became a pupil of Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg and also of Cladius Detlev Fritzsch. He hesitated between portrait and flower painting then specializing in flower painting, Jensen continued his education in Paris under the Flemish flower painting brothers, Gérard and Cornelis van Spaendonck, and at the porcelain factory in Sèvres where he learnt the art of miniature flower painting.

Taking 17th-century Dutch flower painting as a starting point, he revived the art in Denmark. Johan Laurentz Jensen had an extensive circle of customers and many students, especially women, including Louise of Hesse-Kassel who later married King Christian IX.

Johan Laurentz Jensen mastered the art of reproducing nature. His appreciation of earlier masterpieces can be seen in his own work. His paintings characteristically are rich in color and variety. Some of them depict flowers lying on a table or in a basket, perhaps strung together in a wreath. While he was one of several artists who painted exotic plants from Rosenborg, he was happiest when he was painting out in the country at Gentofte, sometimes painting wild flowers or strawberries.

Movement: Academic
Influences: Christoffer Eckersberg, Cladius Detlev Fritzsch, Gérard and Cornelis van Spaendonck
Traveled: France, Holland
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