Peder Mørk Mønsted

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Peder Mørk Mønsted
1895 portrait by Sigvard Hansen
Born(1859-12-10)10 December 1859
Balle Mølle, near Grenaa Denmark
Died21 June 1941(1941-06-21) (aged 81)
Fredensborg, Denmark
EducationRoyal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Known forPainter

Peder Mørk Mønsted (10 December 1859 – 20 June 1941) was a Danish realist painter. He is best known for his landscape paintings in a realistic style. His favorite motifs include snowy winter landscapes, still water and forests.[1][2]


Mønsted was born at Balle Mølle near Grenå, Denmark. He was the son of Otto Christian Mønsted and Thora Johanne Petrea Jorgensen. His father was a prosperous ship-builder. At an early age, he began receiving painting lessons at the art school in Aarhus. From 1875 to 1879, studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts with Niels Simonsen and Julius Exner. In 1878, Mønsted studied under the artist Peder Severin Krøyer. In 1882, he spent some time in Rome and Capri then, the following year, visited Paris, where he worked in the studios of William Adolphe Bouguereau. He gradually developed a personal style of academic naturalism.[3][2]

Mønsted was a habitual traveler. In 1889, he went to Algeria. Three years later, he travelled to Greece, where he was a guest of King George I who had been born a Danish prince. While there, he also did portraits of the Greek royal family. After that, he visited Egypt and Spain.[2][4] During his later years, he spent a great deal of time in Switzerland and travelling throughout the Mediterranean. His travels produced numerous sketches that became paintings he presented at several international exhibitions. He was especially popular in Germany, where he held several shows at the Glaspalast in Munich.[2][5]

Most of his works are in private collections. In 1995, a major retrospective, called "Light of the North", was held in Frankfurt am Main.[2]

Selected paintings[edit]

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  1. ^ Monsted, Peder Mork 1859-1941 All Art Classic
  2. ^ a b c d e "Peder Mønsted". Kunstindeks Danmark/Weilbachs Kunstnerleksikon. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
  3. ^ "Peder Mork Mønsted – The great Danish landscape artist". mydailyartdisplay. October 21, 2017. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "Peder Mork Mønsted". Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  5. ^ "Peder Mork Mønsted". Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Retrieved March 1, 2019.

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