Conference by Frank Claustrat, lecturer in history of contemporary art, Paul-Valéry University Montpellier 3
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
In the spring of 2020, for the first time in France in nearly thirty-five years, the Petit Palais is presenting an exhibition celebrating the golden age of Danish painting (1800 to 1864).
The exhibition, jointly organised by the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, the National Gallery of Denmark (SMK, Copenhagen) and the Petit Palais, includes more than 200 works by leading artists of this period, including Christoffer Eckersberg, Christen Købke, Martinus Rørbye and Constantin Hansen. The exhibition has benefited from research carried out over many years and offers a comprehensive analysis of this artistic period. It focuses on a number of key themes relevant to the social, political, economic and cultural conditions of 19th century Denmark. At the same time, it provides a broad overview of familiar subjects such as life in Copenhagen, the artist at work, travelling, landscape painting and the family. These precise and delicate paintings are also notable for the originality of their frames.
Petit Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris