Carl Fredrik Aagard was a 19th century Danish painter, apparently best known for his views of Italy’s Amalfi Coast and Lake Como regions.
I can find little else about him, and only this one repository of images on Wikimedia Commons, but that, and the tantalizing similarity of a couple of his paintings to those of Peder Mønstead, is enough to make him interesting.
[Addendum: See this post’s Comments for bio information courtesy of reader Ælle.]
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The Danish painter, Carl Fredric (aka Karl Frederik) Aagard, was born in Odense, Denmark, in 1833.
From source #1: artbol.nl
He studied art with his elder brother, Johan Peter Aagaard (1818-1879), who went on to become a celebrated glass engraver. On completing his studies he worked with an artist by the name of Hilker, a decorative painter, and the pair collaborated on works at several universities and other public monuments.
His decorative painting became very well known in Denmark, and Aagaard was commissioned to paint the chapel of King Christian IV. During this time he worked with the landscape painter, Peter-Kristian Skoovgaard, and was encouraged to spend more time painting on canvas. He exhibited for the first time in 1857.
Aagaard travelled a great deal to expand his artistic experience, including trips to Switzerland and Germany in 1869. He died in 1895, secure in his position as one of Denmark’s greatest ever painters.
Source #2: theworldsartist.com
~Carl Frederic Aagaard left his small town for Denmark’s capital to study drawing at the Danish Royal Academy, Copenhagen was the center of a spectacular resurgence of the arts. By the middle of the 19th century such great figures as Hans Christian Andersen and the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard had come out of Copenhagen. The art of the first half of the 19th century in Copenhagen was perhaps the greatest achievement of Denmark’s Golden Age. The sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen and the painter Eckersberg led an artistic renaissance during the Golden Age that produced, with the establishment of an academy in Charlottenborg in 1754, many famous Danish artists. The Royal Collections, what was later to become the National Collection after the peaceful transition to a constitutional monarchy, actively supported these new artists, buying these “modern” oil paintings the moment they were exhibited.
In the face of such disasters as the overwhelming defeat of their Danish navy by the British in 1801, the English bombardment of Copenhagen in 1807 that destroyed hundreds of buildings in the city, the declaration of national bankruptcy in 1813 and subsequent loss of Norway, Danish culture flourished with a willful energy and a unique character. Carl Frederic Aagaard began his oil painting career towards the end of this great period in Denmark and was instructed by the country’s famous artists while at the Danish Royal Academy. In addition to studying drawing, Aagaard assisted his older brother, a glass engraver at his professional studio. Aagaard next studied in the studio of Hilker, an oil painter and he collaborated with Hilker on work at the University and other public buildings. It was his final teacher, the landscape oil painter Peter Kristian Skoovgaard, that was to be the most influential. In 1857 Aagaard exhibited his oil paintings for the first time to great success. He continued to exhibit and his trips to Switzerland and Italy helped to perfect his realism landscape oil painting style with such works of art as Pergola in Amalfi and Amalfi Di Cappuccini.
I especially love his paintings of the Amalfi coast! Just gorgeous!
Thanks Charlie. I had not heard of him. His mastery of painting trees and forest light reminds me of the paintings of Ivan Shishkin. I wonder if there had been a connection between the two.
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