Christen Købke: 7 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

View from a Window in Toldbodvej Looking Towards the Citadel in Copenhagen (About 1833) by Christen KøbkeSMK - Statens Museum for Kunst

'Købke spent most of his childhood at the Citadel in Copenhagen where his father was a baker.'

Self-Portrait (About 1833) by Christen KøbkeSMK - Statens Museum for Kunst

'His art did not win true recognition until 30-40 years after his death.'

The North Gate of the Citadel (1834) by Christen KøbkeNy Carlsberg Glyptotek

'Technically, Købke battled with this painting, yet it bears the happy imprint of the "lighter moments" to which he alludes in a letter to his sister. As a pupil of Eckersberg he has complete control of the perspective of the painting, and it is evident what an exciting colourist Købke was.'

View of a Street in Østerbro outside Copenhagen. Morning Light (1836) by Christen KøbkeSMK - Statens Museum for Kunst

'In 1833 Købke moved with his parents to Blegdammen by the Sortedam Lake, then located outside of Copenhagen proper. In the years that followed he found many of his motifs by the lake.'

A View from Dosseringen near the Sortedam Lake Looking towards the Suburb Nørrebro outside Copenhagen (1838) by Christen KøbkeSMK - Statens Museum for Kunst

'Købke leaned on his preliminary studies, but he tightened up the composition and all its lines, ranging from the lakeshore to the flagpole.'

The Forum at Pompeii with Vesuvius in the Background (1841)The J. Paul Getty Museum

'Christen Schjellerup Købke drew the architectural remains of the forum with sharp precision, giving the painting a sense of order and clarity.'

The Garden Steps Leading to the Artist's Studio on Blegdammen (About 1845) by Christen KøbkeSMK - Statens Museum for Kunst

'After the death of Købke's father in 1843 Købke stayed at Blegdammen for two years until his mother had to sell the property in 1845. In all likelihood it was around this time that Købke began painting the farmhouse itself.'

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