Considered a true and significant Impressionist, Therkildsen executes this scene of warmth and tranquility with a quick, yet precise, hand. The light shines through the tree-filled meadow and basks in the silky coat of the grazing horses. The wind whisks their manes, while their tails whip away the flies. The density of the grass shows through the saturation of the violet, pinks and greens. Although his strokes are short and layered, a realism to the subject matter, though from a distance, is pleasantly understated.
Artist: Michael Therkildsen (1850-1925)
- Born November 3rd 1850 in Lystrup, DK, son of Estate owner/Farmer Therkild Nielsen and Karen Henriksdatter.
- Died June 4th 1925 in Copenhagen.
- 1868-74 - Technical Art School in Horsens / The Royal Art Academy in Copenhagen
- 1880 - Privately tutored by highly acclaimed artists Constantin Hansen, Lauritz Tuxen, and Frants Schwartz.
Travels & Stays:
- 1880 - Paris
- 1884 - France & Italy
Awards & Acknowledgments:
- 1877 - Neuhausens Prize
- 1884 - Royal Academy Medal
- 1887 - The prestigious Thorvaldsens Medal
- 1889 - Silver Medal in Paris
- 1909 - Medal in Munich
Positions & Appointments:
- 1893-97 - Member of the Royal Art Academy Council / Consultant for “Ude & Hjemme” Magazine.
- 1875-1925 - Spring Exhibitions at Charlottenborg Palace
- 1882, 1921, 24, 26 - Artist Association Exhibits
- 1883, 88 - Nordic Art Exhibit in Copenhagen
- 1889 - World Exhibit in Paris
- 1891 - International Art Exhibit in Berlin
- 1901 - Town Hall Exhibit in Copenhagen
- 1907 - Guildhall Exhibit in London
- 1909 - National Art Exhibit in Arhus, DK
- 1909, 13 - International Art Exhibit in Glaspalast, Munich
- 1911 - International Exhibit in Rome
- 1926, 50, 60 - Association of National Artist (in memory of…) Exhibit
- 1914 - The Baltic Art Exhibit
- 1983 - Skagen Exhibit at the Michael, Anna, and Helga Ancher Museum
- 1988 - Landscape Exhibit at the “Gamle Holtegaard Estate”
- 1912, 36, 63 - Association of National Art Exhibits