Washing Clothes at the Well (1800's)

Petersen, Edvard Frederik (1841 - 1911)

Washing Clothes at the Well

Canvas Giclee

8"x11" $135.00
12"x16" $240.00
16"x21" $400.00
18"x24" $500.00
24"x32" $835.00
30"x40" $1,270.00

Paper Giclee

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13"x19" $65.00
17"x22" $99.00

Oil on Canvas: 16" x 22"
Catalog# PETED-006

This typical Italian scene of the late 1800’s shows women from the local village gathered round a well in a courtyard to do their washing. The light is a golden yellow saturating the sun-stained stone making up the structure of the quiet courtyard. The five launderers are shaded by the thick, green brush growing above the wall. A man and his donkey wait at a distance for either a load of laundry or for some water from the well. The mood is light, yet quiet as the women work to finish their chore.

Having studied in Italy particularly in Subiaco, Petersen came across what is now known as one of his favorite motives noticing the distinctive beauty of this mundane task from what he had seen back home. Traveling to the smaller villages around Italy, Petersen focused on his favorite scenes of everyday life. The palette is simple and subdued by yellows, greens and browns, making for a tranquil view of a tedious task.

Artist: Edvard Frederik Petersen (1841-1911)

  • Born February 4, 1941 in Copenhagen DK, son of Zacharias Pedersen and Emilie Sophie Thortsen. He died May 12th, 1911.

Education:

  • 1851 - Royal Danish Academy of Art
  • 1858 - Plaster & Gypsom School
  • 1860 - Modeling Academy (Silver Medal)
  • 1866 - Studied under P.C. Skovgaard & Vilhelm Kyhn (Silver Medal)
  • 1875 - 1880 - Studied in Holland, Belgium, Paris, Switzerland and Italy
  • 1882 - Artist Modeling Academy
  • 1884-1885 - Studied in Italy
  • 1894 - Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Art

Travels:

  • 1875 - Holland, Belgium, France, Switzerland, and Italy
  • 1876 - Frascati & Palestrina, Italy
  • 1878, 80, 84-85 - Anticoli, Italy

Exhibits:

  • 1859-75, 1877-91, 1893-1912 - Charlottenborg Palace Spring Exhibitions
  • 1882, 42 - Artist Association Exhibits
  • 1883, 88 - Nordic Art Exhibit
  • 1895 - Glasgow Exhibit, Chicago
  • 1901 - Town Hall Exhibit, Copenhagen
  • 1909 - Glaspalast Exhibit, Munich
  • 1916, 56 - Separate Exhibit, National Association of Art
  • 1926, 60 - Association of National Artist Exhibit
  • 1931 - Forum Exhibition, Charlottenborg Palace
  • 1983 - “Back then…” Art Association Exhibit

Positions & Appointments:

  • 1891 - Committee Member of the Royal Art Academy
  • 1892 - Council Member pf the Royal Art Academy
  • 1893 - National Art Grading Commission
  • 1894 - Titular Professor at the Royal Art Academy
  • 1896-99 - Member of the National Exhibition Commission

Awards:

  • 1866-67, 1875-77 - Royal Academy of Art Medals
  • 1867, 73 - Neuhausens Prize
  • 1868, 70 - Sodrings Prize
  • 1883 - Michael Ancher Medal
  • 1890 - Years Medal
  • 1891 - 2 Eckersberg Medals
  • 1907 - Self Portrait hung at Charlottenborg Palace

*Edvard Petersen began his career with landscape motives and later became recognized for his genre pieces.