Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Peder Mork Mønstead

Peder Mork Monstead
Peder Mork Mønstead was a Danish painter active in the late 19th and early 20th Century.

Looking through his work you will find lush, color saturated paintings of his native Denmark, where Mønstead studied at the Copenhagen Academy, as well as landscapes from lands where he traveled, including Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, North Africa and Italy.

His paintings ring with a crisp, vibrant naturalism, emphasized by passages of sharp detail and strong value contrasts. The detail doesn’t keep them from being painterly, and lively with the feeling of the artist’s hand.

His subjects ranged from shade darkened streams, dappled with sunlight, to snow covered Nordic fields and the warm sun of the Italian coast.

Mønstead’s fascination with water and small streams remind me of Norwegian painter Frits Thaulow (also here).

Overall Mønstead’s style is a wonderful blend of intense, almost impressionistic color with strong academic underpinnings.

8 thoughts on “Peder Mork Mønstead

  1. James Gurney

    Nice post, and thanks for all the links. Peder Monsted is best known for his glorious paintings of quiet forest ponds, often with water that is both transparent and reflective. He has a lot in common with the Russian painter Ivan Shishkin of Russia in the way he absorbed the best of the Impressionist tradition without losing the discipline of careful drawing. Too bad there aren’t more books about him.

  2. C. Gertz Bech

    Mønsted seems to be better known outside of Denmark than in his native country. First time I read about him was on some US-based web site (I don’t remember where, might have been ARC) and he is poorly represented on the museums here. A pity.

    By the way, the correct spelling of his name is Peder Mørk Mønsted.

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