A superb and very beautiful, intimate painting by the renowned Danish painter Peder Monsted. Signed and dated lower right.
Peder Mønsted was born in Balle Mölle, near Grenna in eastern Denmark in 1859. He studied under Andries Fritz a landscape and portrait painter, before moving to Copenhagen to study at the Royal Academy of Art and was taught figure painting by Julius Exner (1825-1910). He was influenced by Christen Kobke (1810-1848), an outstanding colourist and Peter Christian Skovgaard (1817-1875), a romantic nationalist painter, a knowledge of whose work is seen in the Danish landscapes and beech forests of Mønsted’s. In 1883 Mønsted travelled to Paris where he worked with William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) for four months. The early years of the 20th century saw Mønsted returning to Switzerland, the south of France and Italy. The war years curtailed Mønsted’s travel to Norway and Sweden, however the 1920’s and 1930’s saw him return to the Mediterranean. Throughout his long career, Mønsted continued to paint the Danish landscape and coastline. His is a romantic, poetic view of nature; he was an artist who depicted the grandeur and monumental aspect of the landscape, with a remarkable eye for detail and colour.
Christies, London March 1989