Christian Albrecht Jensen

male / Danish
painter, copyist
Bredstedt 1792-06-26
Copenhagen 1870-07-13
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Biographical information
Period of activity
1818 - 1870
Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten (Kopenhagen)
from 1810 to 1816, he attended the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen
Akademie der Bildenden Künste (Dresden)
from 1817 to 1818, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden.
Active in
  • Kopenhagen
  • Dresden
  • Rome 1818 - 1821
    In 1818, he traveled to Rome by way of Vienna, Venice, Bologna and Florence. When he arrived, he joined the large colony of Danish-German artists' who lived in the city at the time and also met the sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen
  • Hamburg 1821 - 1822
    From c. 1821, After leaving Rome, he made an unsuccessful attempt to establish himself as a portrait painter in Hamburg
  • Kopenhagen 1821
    After 1830, commissions dwindled and he experienced financial difficulties. In response, he started collaborating with the historical collections at Frederiksborg Castle, painting both copies of older pictures and originals. This led to a controversy with Niels Lauritz Høyen, an influential art historian and critic who, from the beginning, had been critical of his style, finding his pictures 'unfinished'
  • Sint-Petersburg (Rusland) 1837
    From c. 1837 active in Russia. From 1837, he increasingly looked to other countries for customers. By the Pulkovo Observatory, which opened near Saint Petersburg, he was commissioned to paint 11 portraits of leading international scientists. His painting of Carl Friedrich Gauss from that series remains the most famous portrait of the mathematician.[RKD images no. 262147] Other portrayed scientists included the astronomer Wilhelm von Struve
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This field specifies the various subject categories or genres that constitute the oeuvre of the artist in question. The contents of this field are generally based more on the documentation available at the RKD than on the literature.
Entered on: 1992-01-11; Modification on: 2017-03-30


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