Christen Købke

Danish Master of Light

David Jackson with Kasper Monrad

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Christen Købke (1819–1848) was arguably the greatest painter of Denmark’s “Golden Age,” the period of the nation’s supreme artistic achievement. He had the remarkable ability to invest the simplest corner of town or countryside with charm and delicacy, without resorting to the artificial rhetoric of academic traditions. He endowed ordinary people and places, and simple motifs, with a universal significance; a world in microcosm.

This beautiful book, written by leading scholars of Scandinavian art, offers an overview of Købke’s achievement within its cultural context, and also highlights the most innovative aspects of his work, including outdoor sketching, his fascination with painterly immediacy in the treatment of light and atmosphere, his exquisite originality, and his experimental outlook.

David Jackson is head of the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at Leeds University. Kasper Monrad is chief curator at the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen.


National Gallery, London(03/17/10-06/13/10)

National Gallery, Edinburgh(07/04/10-10/03/10)

"The catalogue is a meticulous, scholarly and beautifully illustrated book, which highlights Købke’s achievement in its cultural context and discussed the innovative aspects of his work…. His scholarly approach and analytical investigation are thorough and the writing is insightful and detached."—Alette Rye Scales, The Art Book
ISBN: 9780300166637
Publication Date: August 24, 2010
Publishing Partner: Published in association with the National Galleries of Scotland
128 pages, 8 1/2 x 11
85 color illus.