The special exhibition at Ribe Art Museum shows the Golden Age painter Wilhelm Marstrand (1810-1873) and his diverse work.
Marstrand played, nevertheless, a significant role in the Danish Golden Age as an artist, professor, and director of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts where he influenced colleagues and future generations of artists. Besides, he had a modern outlook: when travelling, he did not waste his time painting great monuments, preferring instead to portray the bustling life surrounding him. Also, he had an unequalled talent for rendering movement and emotions and his carefree depictions of festivity, dancing, and music remind us of the unrestricted socialising no longer possible at present where constraints and physical distancing are the order of the day.
The special exhibition runs from 26 June to 5 September 2021.
Moreover, Marstrand was a child of his time, his work reflecting both contemporary national currents and social aspects. His many European journeys and lengthy stays in Italy also gave him an international outlook at a time when Denmark turned its gaze inward. He was an eminent genre painter, striving to be recognised as a history painter and he had a highly developed eye for the special moments conveying great narratives in the encounter between man and woman, young and old, ordinary people and those representing power.