The Little Vagabond (1882)

Tornøe, Wenzel Ulrik (1844 - 1907)

The Little Vagabond

Original: Salt Lake City
Oil on Canvas: 25 x 20
Catalog# TORW-015

Artist: Wenzel Ulrik Tornøe (1844-1907)

  • Born September 9, 1844 in Svendborg DK, son of Jens Wenzel Tornøe and Eleonore Jacobine Lacoppidan.
  • Married the artist Karen Elisabeth Blumer July 18th 1876, daughter of Grocer Samuel Blumer and Bolette Marie Abigael Wendelboe.

Education:

  • 1860-1865 - Royal Danish Academy of Art
  • 1871-1873 - Studied in Rome
  • 1878-1879 - Holland, Belgium, Paris and Italy
  • 1886-87 - Studied in Rome

Travels:

  • 1871-73 - Rome
  • 1878-79 - Holland, Belgium, Paris and Northern Italy
  • 1886-87 - Rome

Exhibits:

  • 1865-1997 - Charlottenborg Palace, DK
  • 1882, 1942 - National Art Association Exhibit
  • 1883, 1888 - Nordic Exhibit
  • 1895 - Nordic Art Exhibit in Lubeck
  • 1893 - World Exhibit in Chicago
  • 1901 - Town Hall Exhibit in Copenhagen
  • 1980 - Randers Art Museum Exhibit
  • 1980’s - “in memory of…” National Art Exhibition

Awards:

  • 1864 - Awarded silver medal at the Royal Danish Academy of Art
  • 1902 - Serdin Hansens Prize

*Wenzel Tornøe is perhaps one of the most well known exhibited Charlottenborg Palace artists of that period. He was known for his poignant and anecdotal portraiture and genre pieces. Having studied under Carl H. Bloch (whose is considered the finest religious, genre and historical painter of his time), Tornøe surpassed many his peers in skill, technique and style. His works have sold at many prestigious auction houses around the world, including Sotheby’s, and many other works adorn the walls of private collectors, museums, and European castles.