A Forest Stream by Peder Mork Monsted
A Forest Stream by Peder Mork Monsted A Forest Stream by Peder Mork Monsted A Forest Stream by Peder Mork Monsted A Forest Stream by Peder Mork Monsted A Forest Stream by Peder Mork Monsted
A Forest Stream by Peder Mork Monsted

A Forest Stream by Peder Mork Monsted

  • Peder Mork Mønsted's masterful understanding of color and light is evident in this oil on canvas
  • Its rich color and extraordinary level to detail are hallmarks of the renowned painter
  • Mønsted has been celebrated among the greatest landscape painters of the Danish Golden Age
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Peder Mork Mønsted
1859-1941 | Danish

A Forest Stream

Signed and dated “PMonsted 1905” (lower right)
Oil on canvas

Celebrated as the greatest Danish landscape painter of his time, Peder Mork Mønsted is renowned for his depictions of the Danish countryside and coastline. His skill at capturing the features and mood of a place is on full display in this exceptional work entitled A Forest Stream. The tranquil scene combines the artist’s attention to detail with his almost impressionistic sensitivity to light, bringing this naturescape to life on canvas.

Born during the latter half of the Danish Golden Age, Mønsted's oeuvre represents a stunning mix of realism, romanticism and modernity. Mønsted's remarkable attention to detail in A Forest Stream is a hallmark of Danish Golden Age painting, which in many respects harkened back to the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century. Yet, the cloud-covered sky and dramatic lighting reveals a more naturalistic and modern view of nature. Mønsted captures a seemingly secluded area deep in the forest, rendered with his characteristic saturated palette and sharp attention to detail. As a whole, it is a remarkable example of Mønsted's singular style.

Mønsted was born in 1859 in the eastern Denmark town of Balle. He began his artistic studies at an early age at the Prince Ferdinand's Drawing School in Aarhus, where he worked under the tutelage of the great landscape painter Andries Fritz. In 1875, he continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Art. It was there he fell under the influence of artists such as Christen Kobke and Pieter Christian Skorgaard--their devotion to color and the romanticism of the Danish landscape would prove remarkably influential on the young painter.

After completing his studies, Mønsted travelled extensively and often to Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Italy, North Africa and the Mediterranean. However, the Danish landscape and coastline would remain his favored subjects, and today they are considered to be his most captivating works. His compositions reflect a romantic and highly poetic view of nature, which he ingeniously translated into some of the grandest landscapes of his generation.

Dated 1905

Canvas: 32 1/4” high x 46 3/8” wide
Frame: 42” high x 56 1/8” wide

Provenance:
The artist
Otto and Rigmor Nielsen, Copenhagen, 1932
Thence by descent
M.S. Rau Antiques, New Orleans, 2019
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Artist: Monsted, Peder Mork
Framed:56.125"W x 42.0"H
Unframed:46.375"W x 32.25"H
Period: 1816-1918
Origin:Denmark
Subject:Landscape
Depth:2.25 Inches
Width:56.125 Inches
Height:42.0 Inches
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