25 October 1820
|Died||25 October 1908 (aged 88)|
Early life and education
Frølich was born into a wealthy bourgeouis family in Copenhagen. The son of Johan Jacob Frølich (1777-1858) and Pouline Wilhelmine Tutein (1789-1881). His father owned a successful trading firm in partnership with his brother. His mother was the daughter of Friederich Tutein, another wealthy whole-seller and the Prussian consul in Copenhagen. Frølich's father and uncle owned the building at Store Kongensgade 81. He lived with his parents in the apartment on the first floor. The uncle lived with his wife in the ground-floor apartment. The family belonged to the city's German reformed congregation.
Frølich was fond of drawing from an early age. Another early influence was his father's maternal uncle, Johan Conrad Spengler, who in his capacity of inspector of Kunstkammeret was able to give him access to the royal galleries in Christiansborg Palace. He received instructions in drawing from Martinus Rørbye from 1833 and later also from Christen Købke and Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg.
Afterward he lived much in Rome and in Paris, where he constantly exhibited at the salons. In 1877 he was appointed professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Art, Copenhagen. His illustrations, especially of children's books, are known everywhere and are more important than his paintings. His daughter Edma Frølich was his favorite model when a baby and a child for his French albums with Pierre-Jules Hetzel.
He also furnished original etchings for Illustreret Danmarkshistorie for Folket (1853–1855) by Adam Kristoffer Fabricius; Die Götter des Nordens (1845) and De tvende Kirketaarne (1844) by Adam Gottlob Oehlenschläger, and many other works. He painted a decoration in the Court of Appeals at Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein, and in some public buildings of his native land.
Danish painter and tapestry artist Dagmar Olrik (1860–1932) and her assistants spent 18 years decorating a room in Copenhagen's City Hall with tapestries based on cartoons of Nordic mythology by Frølich.
- King Harald Bluetooth (1840)
- Cupid and the Water-Sprite (1845, Leipzig Museum)
- Family of a Wood-God
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- The Lord's Prayer, Illustrated in a series of Etchings, 1863.
- Illustrations for Nordens Guder (Nordic Gods) by Adam Oehlenschläger, 1885.
- Illustrations for Den Ældre Eddas Gudesange by Karl Gjellerup, 1895.
- Works by Lorenz Frølich at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Lorenz Frølich at Internet Archive
- Eight stories illustrated by Lorenz Frølich in the Baldwin Library, University of Florida
- MyNDIR (My Norse Digital Image repository) illustrations by Lorenz Frølich from Den Ældre Eddas Gudesange. Clicking on the thumbnail will give you the full image and information concerning it.