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Vilhelm Petersen (painter)

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Vilhelm Petersen
Born(1812-12-17)17 December 1812
Died25 July 1880(1880-07-25) (aged 67)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Resting placeAssistens Cemetery
Alma materRoyal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
SpouseSophie Margrethe Sørensen-Groth (1838-1916)
AwardsSødrings Legat (1877)

Vilhelm Peter Carl Petersen (17 December 1812 – 25 July 1880) was a Danish landscape painter. He was one of the first Danish landscape painters to work on Bornholm and in the moorlands of Jutland. Small fishing villages were especially attractive to him.[1] [2] [3]


Vilhelm Petersen was born in Copenhagen. He was the son of a wagon manufacturer. In 1830, he became a student at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts where he studied landscape painting.[1] His work was first featured at the Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition in 1833. His first painting, A Party in Nødebo, was purchased by the Kunstforeningen.[2]

He received a travel stipend from the Academy in 1848 but, because of the political unrest in Europe, had to postpone leaving until 1850. Travelling to Italy by way of the Netherlands, Germany and the Tyrol, he spent two years in Rome.[1]

He exhibited regularly until 1860, then stopped for a few years; holding some major showings from 1873 to 1874. Part of this break was due to family obligations that arose from his father's illness and death and the necessity of taking work as a drawing teacher. In 1864, he married Sophie Margrethe Sørensen-Groth (1838-1916), the daughter of a retired sea captain. In 1877, he was a recipient of the "Sødrings Legat", an endowment for artists established by the painter Frederik Sødring.[1]

He died in Copenhagen and was buried at Assistens Cemetery. His art is on display at the National Gallery of Denmark as well at Øregaard Museum, Bornholm Art Museum, Sorø Art Museum, Helsingør City Museum, Skovgaard Museum and Randers Museum of Art.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e Biographical notes @ Kunstindeks Danmark.
  2. ^ a b "Vilhelm (Carl Peter) Petersen (1812-1880)". Øbro Art Gallery. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  3. ^ "Vilhelm Peter Carl Petersen". RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History. Retrieved February 1, 2021.

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  • Works by Petersen in major collections:
    • Study of a Stone Heap, 1843, oil on canvas; Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark. [1]
    • The Rhine at Remagen, 1850, oil on paper, laid down on canvas; in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. [2]
    • Rhine Landscape, ca. 1850, oil on paper, laid down on canvas; in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. [3]
    • View towards Hesbjerg from the Hornbaek Estate, 1857, oil on paper on board; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England. [4]