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Early Days:

   Marstrand studied at Copenhagen's Metropolitan School, but had little interest in books, and left around 16 years of age. Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, painter and professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Art (Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi) in Copenhagen, was a close pal of Wilhelm's father, and it was to all look Eckersberg who recommended an artistic career for young Wilhelm. Wilhelm had already shown artistic talent, tackling difficult subjects such as group scenes with many figures and complicated composition.

   At 16 years of age Marstrand thus began his studies at the Academy under Eckersberg, attending the school from 1826 to 1833. Although his interests had a firm hold in genre themes - depiction of the daily life he observed around him in Copenhagen's streets, especially middle class society - he would soon reach for the pinnacle of Academic acceptability: the history painting.

Wilhelm Nikolaj Marstrand


Personal Details


Wilhelm Nikolaj Marstrand

Place of birth

Copenhagen, Denmark

Date of Birth

24  December, 1810

Date of Death

25 March 1873


Printer, Illustrator


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