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    Sale 1961

    Old Master And 19th Century Drawings

    24 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 161

    Wilhelm Peter Carl Petersen (Copenhagen 1812-1880)

    A view of Capri, a fishing village in the foreground

    Price Realised  

    Wilhelm Peter Carl Petersen (Copenhagen 1812-1880)
    A view of Capri, a fishing village in the foreground
    oil on paper
    7½ x 11 5/8 in. (190 x 295 mm.)


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    Petersen studied at the Royal Academy of Art, Copenhagen, under Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, one of the first generation of artists of the Danish 'Golden Age' of painting. Unlike many of his peers who concentrated on the traditional disciplines of portraiture, history and figurative painting, Petersen preferred to apply himself to landscapes and genre scenes, painting for the most part done en plein air. This allowed him not only to observe the realism of nature and everyday life but also to capture the light and colors particular to his subjects.
    In 1850 Petersen journeyed to Italy. Between December 1851 and June 1852 he stayed in Rome, before traveling south via Naples to Capri, where he stayed until 12 July of that year.

    Exhibited

    Elsinore, Denmark, Marienlyst Castle, Collection of Wilhelm Petersen, 1990, no. 224.