Peder Mønsted was the leading Dutch landscape painter of his time. Born in eastern Denmark, Mønsted received his initial training at the Academy in Copenhagen. Throughout his long career he travelled extensively, through Switzerland, Italy and North Africa. Mønsted's landscapes have been described as the 'romantic, poetic painting of nature.' His style, assimilating academic naturalism with realism, working on a grand and monumental scale yet maintaining a remarkable eye for detail, won him great acclaim during his lifetime.