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ANTIQUE NUMBER SA1070456: Carsten Henrichsen, Summer Landscape With Figure Harvesting Peat - Antique Oil Painting

Carsten Henrichsen, Summer Landscape With Figure Harvesting Peat - Antique Oil Painting

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This mid-19th-century oil painting by Danish artist Carsten Henrichsen (1824-1897) depicts a figure extracting peat before a picturesque summer landscape.
 
Born the son of an innkeeper, Henrichsen’s artistic prospects were limited, as undertaking formal tuition was a costly affair. However, fortunately, the distinguished Danish master, Frederik Christian Kięrskou, (1805-1891) noticed the boy’s potential and encouraged him to seek funding from willing patrons. It’s not clear how he knew Kięrskou but it’s tempting to consider whether he frequented his father’s inn.
 
Academic patronage was forthcoming from various sources including ‘Baron Lųvenskjold’ and in 1840, he enrolled at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. The emphasis at the Academy was on honing one’s drawing skills, particularly in figure work, and it’s here that he excelled. It’s said that he initially pursued a career as a figure painter but soon switched to landscapes for financial reasons.
 
He enjoyed exploring the rural areas around Copenhagen and also the rolling vistas of North Zealand. In a detailed style similar to Kięrskou’s, he captured the topographical minutiae with careful observation. His works carry a quaint sense of nostalgia - they celebrate simple rural crafts and the virtues of being intrinsically bound to nature. There’s also an abundance of national pride wrapped into his charming depictions.
 
Here, in this piece from 1872, he’s captured a moment of everyday labour for a hard-working rural family. One figure appears to be extracting peat and his ankles are immersed in water. While to the left, several mounds are drying by an adjacent building. A second figure works in the distance.
 
It’s fascinating to see this industry recorded for posterity.
 
Carsten Henrichsen exhibited for almost 50 years at the prestigious Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition in Copenhagen. Many of his works are on a small scale.
 
Monogrammed/dated lower right and held within a gilt frame.
 
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Antique #SA1070456, showcased on this page, originates from 1870. For historical context, the timeline below highlights the period when it was made:
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