Famous Danish Artists & Painters

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Lili Elbe
(Painter)

Lili Elbe
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Birthdate: December 28, 1882
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vejle, Denmark
Died: September 13, 1931
Danish painter Lili Elbe, a transgender woman, became one of the first to undergo a sex reassignment surgery. She passed away after a failed uterus transplant surgery. Her autobiography, Man into Woman: An Authentic Record of a Change of Sex, was released posthumously. She inspired the novel The Danish Girl.

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Camille Pissarro
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Birthdate: July 10, 1830
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands
Died: November 13, 1903

Camille Pissarro was a Danish-French painter best remembered for his contributions to Impressionism, Neo-Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism. He is credited with establishing a group of 15 aspiring artists, for which he served as a pivotal figure. He was regarded as a father figure to several important painters, including Vincent Willem van Gogh.

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Gerda Wegener
(Illustrator)

Gerda Wegener
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Birthdate: March 15, 1886
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hammelev, Denmark
Died: July 28, 1940

Gerda Wegener was a Danish painter and illustrator. She began painting as a young girl and received her training at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. As a painter, she often depicted confident and elegant women performing a variety of activities in her works. She also painted fashion illustrations and what was labeled “lesbian erotica.” 

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Bertel Thorvaldsen
(Former Sculptor)

Bertel Thorvaldsen
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Birthdate: November 19, 1770
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: March 24, 1844

Bertel Thorvaldsen was a Danish sculptor and medallist. He was internationally famous and spent most of his life in Italy. He received his training at the Royal Danish Academy of Art and initially worked with his father, a woodcarver. He went on to become a famous sculptor and worked in a heroic neo-classicist style. He received many awards. 

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Olafur Eliasson
(Artist known for sculptured and large-scale installation art employing elemental materials such as light, water, and air temperature to enhance the viewer's experience)

Olafur Eliasson
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Birthdate: February 5, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Olafur Eliasson is an Icelandic-Danish artist. He is famous for his sculptured and large-scale installation art. He established Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin in 1995 and co-founded Studio Other Spaces in 2014. He represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003. He was a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts for many years. 

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Torben Ulrich
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Birthdate: October 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Frederiksberg, Denmark

Torben Ulrich is a Danish former professional tennis player turned writer, musician, and filmmaker. As a tennis player, he was the top-ranked senior player in the world in the mid-1970s. He became a writer after retirement and primarily wrote on music, film, athletics, and culture. He eventually founded a New Orleans-type jazz band and made films as well. 

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Emil Nolde
(Painter)

Emil Nolde
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Birthdate: August 7, 1867
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Duchy of Schleswig
Died: April 13, 1956

German-Danish painter, watercolourist and printmaker Emil Nolde is counted among the first Expressionists and oil painting and watercolour painters of the early 20th-century who explored colour. He was a Die Brücke member and is noted for his expressive choice of colours, his brushwork, and his violent religious works. Notable works of Nolde include Lesende junge Frau and Blumen und Wolken.

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Lars Andersen
(Painter)

Lars Andersen
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Birthdate: November 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Denmark

Lars Andersen is a Danish painter and archer. He graduated from the School of Visual Art and received private training under popular painter and graphic designer Otto Frello. As an archer, he has posted many videos on YouTube, some of which have gone viral, receiving millions of views. His videos have also been criticized for their historical and scientific inaccuracies. 

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Vilhelm Hammershøi
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Birthdate: May 15, 1864
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: February 13, 1916

Vilhelm Hammershøi was a Danish painter best known for his poetic and subdued portraits. He studied painting with prominent landscape painters Vilhelm Kyhn and Frederik Vermehren at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. He then debuted in the Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition in 1885 and proceeded to build an illustrious career in art. His wife, Ida, was his muse.

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Carl Bloch
(Painter)

Carl Bloch
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Birthdate: May 23, 1834
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: February 22, 1890

Carl Bloch was a Danish artist. His parents wanted him to become a naval officer, but he went against their wishes to pursue painting. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Art (Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi) under Wilhelm Marstrand and went on to become a well-known painter. He made 23 paintings for the King's Chapel at Frederiksborg Palace. 

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Peder Severin Krøyer
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Birthdate: July 23, 1851
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stavanger, Norway
Died: November 21, 1909

Peder Severin Krøyer was a Danish painter best remembered for painting beach scenes featuring local fishermen as well as recreation life on the beach. Some of his paintings are preserved at the Skagens Museum in Denmark.

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Asger Jorn
(Painter, Sculptor, Writer)

Asger Jorn
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Birthdate: March 3, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vejrum
Died: May 1, 1973

Asger Jorn was a Danish painter, sculptor, and ceramic artist. The son of two teachers, he was also expected to become one. He enrolled in the Vinthers Seminarium, a teacher-training college, due to family pressure and later chose to become a painter. He produced over 2,500 paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics, and sculptures in his artistic career.  

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Anna Ancher
(Painter)

Anna Ancher
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Birthdate: August 18, 1859
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Skagen, Denmark
Died: April 15, 1935

Anna Ancher was a Danish artist whose paintings depicted the everyday lives of fishermen, children, and women. Widely regarded as one of the greatest visual artists of Denmark, Anna Ancher was honored with several awards, such as the Ingenio et Arti medal and Tagea Brandt Rejselegat. She was also depicted on the DKK1000 banknote.

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Peder Mørk Mønsted
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Birthdate: December 10, 1859
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Grenaa, Denmark
Died: June 21, 1941

Peder Mørk Mønsted was a Danish realist painter best remembered for his portrayal of landscapes in a realistic style. Some of his favorite motifs were forests, still water, and snowy winter landscapes. A habitual traveler, Peder Mørk Mønsted presented his paintings at several international exhibitions. Today, many of his works are being treasured by private collectors around the world.

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Michael Ancher
(Former realist artist)

Michael Ancher
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Birthdate: June 9, 1849
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bornholm, Denmark
Died: September 19, 1927

Michael Ancher was a Danish realist artist best remembered for his portrayal of fishermen, lakes, and scenes from the fishing community in Skagen. In 1889, he was honored with the prestigious Eckersberg Medal. Today, many of Michael Ancher's paintings are preserved at the National Gallery of Denmark, Skagens Museum, and Ribe Art Museum.

Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg
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Birthdate: January 2, 1783
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aabenraa Municipality Blåkrog, Denmark
Died: July 22, 1853

Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg was a Danish painter. Known as the Father of Danish Painting, Eckersberg laid the foundation for the period of art, which came to be known as the Danish Golden Age. Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg is also credited with teaching and mentoring many future painters like Wilhelm Bendz, Ditlev Blunck, and Carl Dahl among others.  

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Danh Vo
(Artist)

Danh Vo
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Birthdate: 1975 AD
Birthplace: Ba Ria, Vietnam

Danh Vo is a Danish contemporary artist who lives and works in Mexico City and Berlin. In 2012, he was honored with the prestigious Hugo Boss Prize. His works are often displayed in places like the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

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Nicolai Abildgaard
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Birthdate: September 11, 1743
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: June 4, 1809

Nicolai Abildgaard was a Danish neoclassical sculptor, history painter, and architect. He also served as a professor of anatomy, mythology, and painting at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Abildgaard also served as a royal history painter and was commissioned by the Danish government to produce large monumental pieces to decorate the Knights' Room at Christiansborg Palace. 

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H. A. Brendekilde
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Birthdate: April 7, 1857
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Odense, Denmark
Died: March 30, 1942

H. A. Brendekilde was a Danish painter. Born into a poor family, he began working as a shepherd as a young boy. With the support of his teacher, he began an artistic career and received his training at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. He often depicted the life of poor Danish villagers in his works.   

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Paul Gustav Fischer
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Birthdate: July 22, 1860
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: May 1, 1934

Paul Gustav Fischer was a Danish painter best remembered for his depiction of popular cities like Copenhagen. Although his paintings were not critically acclaimed during his lifetime, Fischer's art sold well and he exhibited his artworks frequently.

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William Heinesen
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Birthdate: January 15, 1900
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Died: March 12, 1991

William Heinesen was a poet, novel writer, and short story writer from the Faroe Islands. His writing primarily focuses on the existential struggle of man to take sides. He wrote mainly in Danish but his spoken language was Faroese. He wrote several plays, novels, and short stories and was awarded the Danish literary prize Holberg Medal in 1960. 

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Holger Drachmann
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Birthdate: October 9, 1846
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: January 14, 1908

Holger Drachmann was a Danish poet, dramatist, and painter. Artistically inclined from a young age, he chose to pursue painting professionally. He also composed poems and staged semi-poetic performances. He focused on writing for many years before returning to art, often painting pictures of ships and the sea.  His relationship with multiple women made him a controversial figure. 

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Edvard Eriksen
(Former sculptor most famous work is the bronze statue of The Little Mermaid (Det Lille Havfrue))

Edvard Eriksen
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Birthdate: March 10, 1876
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: January 12, 1959

Edvard Eriksen was a Danish–Icelandic sculptor best remembered for his work The Little Mermaid, which is displayed on a rock at the Langelinie promenade in Denmark. Edvard Eriksen started his career as a wood carver before learning to make bronze statues. He also learned to carve in marble in the latter half of his career.

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Asmus Jacob Carstens
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Birthdate: May 10, 1754
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Schleswig, Germany
Died: May 25, 1798

Asmus Jacob Carstens was a Danish-German painter, counted among the most famous artists of German Neoclassicism. Apprenticed to a cooper (barrel-maker) for five years, he quit his apprenticeship to pursue painting. He had a difficult personality and his behavior was often erratic, which made it difficult for him to establish himself successfully despite being immensely talented. 

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Caius Gabriel Cibber
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Birthdate: 1630 AD
Birthplace: Flensburg, Germany
Died: 1700 AD

Caius Gabriel Cibber was a Danish sculptor who achieved popularity in England. Many of his works, including the statue of Charles II, are on public display in London. He is best remembered for his two lifelike human statues entitled Raving Madness and Melancholy for the gates of Bethlem Royal Hospital. He is also known as the father of Colley Cibber. 

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Carl-Henning Pedersen
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Birthdate: September 23, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: February 20, 2007

Carl-Henning Pedersen was a Danish painter who played an important role during the COBRA movement. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most important Danish artists, Pedersen was honored with several prestigious awards such as the Guggenheim Award and Eckersberg Award. In 1963, he received the Thorvaldsen Medal.

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Richard Mortensen
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Birthdate: October 23, 1910
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: January 6, 1993

Richard Mortensen was a Danish painter. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Art in Copenhagen and was heavily influenced by the works of the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky. He created works that reflected the violence of Europe during the Second World War. He later became a professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Art.

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Pia Arke
(Remembered for her self-portraits and landscape photographs of Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland))

Pia Arke
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Birthdate: September 1, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland
Died: April 30, 2007

Pia Arke was a Danish visual artist, photographer, and writer. She is best remembered for creating her own life-size camera obscura which she used to photograph the landscapes of Greenland. Pia Arke is often counted among the most prominent postcolonial critics of the Nordic region.

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Harald Moltke
(Painter, Explorer)

Harald Moltke
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Birthdate: December 14, 1871
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Helsingør, Denmark
Died: June 24, 1960

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Signe Hansen
(Digital Artist)

Signe Hansen
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Birthdate: April 19, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Denmark

Signe Hansen is a Danish digital artist and YouTuber. She achieved popularity after dating popular Irish YouTuber Seán William McLoughlin, better known as Jacksepticeye. They collaborated frequently and made popular YouTube videos before going their separate ways in 2018.

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Edith Grøn
(Sculptor)

Edith Grøn
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Birthdate: February 19, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: March 15, 1990

Edith Grøn was a Danish-born Nicaraguan sculptor whose works are exhibited in public spaces throughout Nicaragua. Her works are also displayed in countries like Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, and Spain. A prolific sculptor, Edith Grøn is widely regarded as the most important Nicaraguan sculptor of the 20th century.