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In Another Light: Danish Painting in the Nineteenth Century Hardcover – December 1, 2007
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The painter (Eckersberg) of the work illustrating the dust jacket of Ms. Berman's book directed and taught painting at the Danish Royal Academy in the early 19th Century, where Eckersberg introduced the study of figure painting in Denmark. Eckersberg is often described as the "father of Danish painting," because of his accomplishments at the Danish Royal Academy. Rather than the human figure, Eckersberg seems to have been more interested in painting nautical subjects (the Danes are a seafaring people), a topic Ms. Berman's book basically does not discuss; however, Ms. Berman's book is a gem notwithstanding.
Eckersberg's work was the subject of an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., in 2004 - and this "signature," iconic painting coincidentally illustrated the cover of this 2004 exhibition's catalog.
So much for the "selling sex" remark in the previous customer review about the dust jacket of Ms. Berman's new book.
Technically, Danes consider the "Golden Age" in Danish painting to be in the first half of the 19th Century. However, there was a second - and distinct - golden age in the second half.
One feature readily evident in Ms. Berman's book is that many Danish paintings illustrated therein are in the private collection of Ambassador John L. Loeb, who I believe once served as U.S. Ambassador to Denmark.Read more ›