Monsted Peder (1859‑1941)


Canvas, oil
Width: 81 cm
Height: 119 cm

Danish painter Peder Mønsted is one of the most famous landscape painters of the late 19th - early 20th centuries, a prominent representative of realistic, plein air painting. He was educated at the Academy of Arts in Copenhagen in 1876-1879 under the guidance of the landscape and portrait painter Andries Fritz (1828-1906) and the genre painter Julius Exter (1825-1910), and studied at the school of painting Peter Severin Kroer (1851-1909). Mønsted was greatly influenced by the work of the outstanding Danish romantic landscape painters Christen Köbke (1810-1848) and Christian Skorgård (1817-1875). He traveled around Italy, often visited Capri, was in Switzerland, in Paris, where he studied in the studio of the popular painter of that time, William Bougereau (1825-1905). In 1889 he traveled to Algeria; in 1892 he traveled around the Mediterranean; in 1893, at the invitation of King George of Greece, he visited Athens and traveled around Egypt. During the First World War, he spent a long period in Norway and Sweden, in the 1920-30s. travels around the Mediterranean again. Since 1874, the artist regularly showed his paintings at exhibitions at the Royal Academy in Charlottenborg. Mönsted is known primarily as a landscape painter, although he also painted portraits and genre scenes. His forest landscapes are especially popular, characterized by great naturalness and expressiveness in conveying the state of nature. Painting is characterized by a free brushwork style and decorative expressiveness of color, subtly developed in shades.

The works of Peder Mønsted are kept in the Danish National Gallery in Copenhagen, in the Art Museum in Olberg (Denmark), the Museum of Danish Art in Randers, the Borholm Museum, in the Bautzen, Roskilde and Rudersdal museums (Denmark); at the Bautzen Art Museum (Germany); at the Chi-Mei Museum (Taiwan, China); in the Dahesh Museum (New York, USA), as well as in private collections.