Oil on Canvas: 50" x 68"
The warm glow of the setting sun yellows the beach and sloping coast. Waves are short, yet forceful as they crash upon one another. Two dogs play in the surf as the fishermen beach their boats. A waxing moon can be seen to the right of the sloping coastline.
Mølsted’s mastery with water, light and color is evident in this radiant piece. At its grand scale, this painting exudes Mølsted ’s ability to create a true spectacle of nature’s finest. The composition is balanced with the towering coast giving way to a purple/pink hued sky and unsettled water. The masts of the boats and the pole of the windsock gives slight linear contrast in this naturally curved scene.
Exhibited at Charlottenborg Palace, DK in 1912.
Artist: Christian Ferdinand Andreas Mølsted (1862-1930)
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Taught and inspired by Dragørs ship makers and artists Peder N. Foss and Henrik Stromberg, Christian Mølsted was predominantly known as a seascape and marine painter. As a young artist, Mølsted was mainly inspired by his home town of Dragør, harbors, and local sea traffic. The opening of the National Museum of Art and History at the Fredericksborg castle was an awakening of sorts for him and many other artists at that time. It was the beginning of his venture into the realm of national marine history. He became a member of the National Association of Art and contributed to the castle’s collection with his now famous painting On board the Neils Juel at the Battle of Helgoland (1864). This was one of the many loved dramatic depictions of Danish historical events contributed to the castle.
Among many of the artist’s favorite subjects were the heroic battles of captains “Thundershield” and “Willemoes”. Historical accuracy, as well as detailed ship information, was provided for the paintings by Otto Dorge, a Dragør local expert. Mølsted saw many commissions from the state of Denmark. Among his numerous famous works is a marine painting used in the official 1922 Danish Christmas stamp.
Christian Mølsted used sketches and/or pastels on paper in preparation for works he would later execute with oils. His mastery of large paintings of grandeur is evident in his surviving works.
Christian Mølsted was universally loved and adored for his tremendous talent and ability to bring things to life with realist techniques and historical detail. Always motivated by perfection and the fact that he was often contributing to Denmark’s National Museum of Art and History, Mølsted created many influential and inspiring works of art not only for his country, but for his followers, and considered the responsibility a great honor.