I thought I'd write about my favorite realist artist, Peder Mørk Mønsted who lived from 1859 to 1941.   He was a Danish realist painter known for his landscape paintings. I came across Mønsted's works a number of years ago and fell in love with them. Most of his works are in the hands of private collectors and are public domain now, and there's enough high-resolution scans of his beautiful art that you can really analyze a great deal of his works fairly closely. 

According to ArtNet Peder, "was a Danish realist painter. Best known for his detailed landscapes, his work often features scenes of dense forest and rural Danish life rendered with a high level of precision, creating a romantic and poetic view of nature. Mønsted quickly became known for his ability to depict the grandeur and monumental aspect of the landscape, with an eye for accurate detail and color. His comprehensive studies of different artistic techniques enabled him to mix academic naturalism with an almost Photorealistic approach to familiar subjects. Born on December 10, 1859 in Balle Mølle, Denmark, Mønsted enrolled at the Academy of Copenhagen, where studied under prominent Danish genre painters such as Johann Julius Exner and Andreas Fritz from 1875 to 1879. Mønsted enjoyed a long and prolific career, traveling to places like North Africa and the Middle East, and regularly exhibited his work in Paris and Munich salons. Today, his work can be found in institutions such as the Chi-Mei Museum in Taiwan and the Dahesh Museum in New York. The artist died in Fredensborg, Denmark on June 20, 1941." (

To see more of his works see these links below:

(click on images to enlarge)

Young Peder Mørk Mønsted Self Portrait 1877
Peder Mørk Mønsted 1911 Self-portrait

Forest Stream 1896,  oil on canvas

Winter landscape with sleigh , 1918, oil on canvas
A Cottage with Chickens , 1919, oil on canvas

A Wooded River Landscape with Deer Beyond, 1904, Oil on Canvas
Sketch by Peder Monsted 1902
1919 Study of Sunflower


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