Olrik photographed by H. C. Henneberg
24 May 1830|
|Died||2 January 1890
|Education||Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts|
Early life and education
Henrik Olrik, born in Copenhagen, was son of customs inspector Henrik Johan Ludvig Olrik and Benedicte Martinette (née Heiberg).
Olrik was admitted to Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1844 where he initially studied sculpture under Herman Wilhelm Bissen, while in the same time working at the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Factory, where he made reduced copies of Bertel Thorvaldsen works. He graduated from the Academy in 1851 after winning two silver medals for his works in 1848 and 1851.
Career as an artist
After returning to Denmark in 1855, Olrik soon became recognized as a reputable portrait painter and painted portraits of a wide variety of individuals including King Christian IX of Denmark, his daughter Alexandra - (later the Princess of Wales), members of the Danish Parliament and representatives of Danish and Scandinavian high society, including Sigurd Ibsen and Henrik Ibsen.
In 1871, Olrik become a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, in 1883 a Professor Titular, and in 1887 he was elected to Akademirådet.
Pursuits in design and decorative arts
In addition to being a successful painter, Olrik was active in the field of decorative arts and design. Early in his career, un 1853, prior to his time in Patis, he won the Neuhausenske Prize for a silver sugar bowl together with E. Vieth,.
He made various design projects for numerous manufacturers including Ipsens Terrakottafabrik, the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Factory, HC Drewsens Elektropletfabrik, Cuckoo and V. Christesens Sølvvarefabrik. His designs included items as diverse as tableware, bindings, sables and coins.
On one occasion, he prepared a design of a monument for Tsar Alexander II of Russia.
He married Hermine Valentine in May 1859, and they had five children, Benedicte Olrik, Dagmar Olrik, Axel Olrik, Eyvind Olrik, Hans Olrik and Jørgen Olrik.
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