A lone figure stands beside a pond below a small cottage on a hill. Oil on canvas. Signed Axel Bredsdorff 1906 lower left.
Frame Size: 25.5" x 19.5" x 1.5"
Axel Bredsdorff (Danish, 1883-1947) Got his first education in drawing from his father and then came to the Technical School in the winter of 1903-04 and next winter at the Artists' Free Study School with Kristian Zahrtmann. Axel Bredsdorff supplemented with Academie Colarossi in Paris at Chr. Krohg in the winter of 1907-08 as well as later study trips to Italy, France, Sweden and Norway. In Bredsdorff's youth, Cubist and Expressionist colleagues struggled to arrive at pure painting, but he himself did not escape the narrative content of episodes from home with the children as the main characters. Called himself a naturalist, but was inspired by the Impressionists. Had a wide brushstroke, cultivated the composition and took an interest in the light. Often worked in nature and could paint the same motif several times to bring out new light effects. Especially on Bornholm, Bredsdroff maintained his natural impressions in a colorful and naturalistic way. He was also a sought-after portrait painter, who with his psychological empathy made the person portrayed come alive on the canvas. Was a very versatile person with a great interest in music and song, just as he participated in debates about the role of art in society. Bredsdorff was very interested in body culture and in his great biblical images the fellow body is explored with great certainty. Brother of Majsa Bredsdorff.