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Famous Artists from Denmark

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List of the most popular artists from Denmark, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of entertainment. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Danish artists on this list have kept that tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Danish artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List features William Heinesen, Per Kirkeby and more.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous artists are from Denmark?" and "Who are the most well-known Danish artists?"

For further information on these historic Danish artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated Danish artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.



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    Ólafur Elíasson
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    Olafur Eliasson is a Danish-Icelandic artist known for sculptures and large-scale installation art employing elemental materials such as light, water, and air temperature to enhance the viewer’s experience. In 1995 he established Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin, a laboratory for spatial research.more

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    • Artworks: The Weather Project, The aerial river series, Multiple grotto
    • Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art
    • Nationality: Iceland, Denmark
    • Art Forms: Installation art
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    Johann Georg Ziesenis

    Johann Georg Ziesenis was a German - Danish portrait painter. After drawing lessons from his father, Ziesenis lived in Düsseldorf, where he painted several portraits of the royal family. In 1760 he became court painter at Hanover. Johann Georg Ziesenis created about 260 portraits and other paintings and ...more

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    • Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Nationality: Denmark, Germany
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    Viggo Mortensen
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    Viggo Peter Mortensen, Jr. is a Danish American actor, poet, musician, photographer and painter. He made his film debut in Peter Weir's 1985 thriller Witness, and subsequently appeared in many notable films of the 1990s, including The Indian Runner, Carlito's Way, Crimson Tide, Daylight, The Portrait of ...more

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    • Artworks: Chatter box Eyes, Gulf Stream, Elendil, Blue, Self Portrait, + more
    • Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York
    • Nationality: Denmark, United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Camille Pissarro
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    Camille Pissarro was a Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter born on the island of St Thomas. His importance resides in his contributions to both Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. Pissarro studied from great forerunners, including Gustave Courbet and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot.more

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    • Artworks: The Garden of the Tuileries on a Winter Afternoon, The Garden of the Tuileries on a Winter Afternoon, The Hermitage at Pontoise, The Tuileries Gardens, Afternoon, + more
    • Birthplace: Charlotte Amalie, United States Virgin Islands
    • Associated periods or movements: Post-Impressionism, Impressionism, Neo-impressionism
    • Nationality: France, Denmark
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Per Kirkeby is a Danish painter, poet, film maker and sculptor.more

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    • Artworks: Flight to Egypt, Wald-Variation VI, Sitting model, Sans titre, Ohne Titel, + more
    • Birthplace: Denmark, Eurasia, Copenhagen
    • Nationality: Denmark
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Asger Jorn
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    Asger Oluf Jorn was a Danish painter, sculptor, ceramic artist, and author. He was a founding member of the avant-garde movement COBRA and the Situationist International. He was born in Vejrum, in the northwest corner of Jutland, Denmark, and baptized Asger Oluf Jørgensen. The largest collection of ...more

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    • Artworks: Stalingrad, Schweizer Suite, Die Zwei Elemente, Equilibre Précair, Les Bersaerk sont parmis nous, + more
    • Birthplace: Jutland, Denmark
    • Nationality: Denmark
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    William Heinesen
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    Andreas William Heinesen was a poet, novel writer, short story writer, children's book writer, composer and painter from the Faroe Islands.more

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    • Birthplace: Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
    • Nationality: Denmark
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    Jens Adolf Jerichau

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    Jens Adolf Jerichau
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    Emil Jens Baumann Adolf Jerichau was a Danish sculptor. He belonged to the generation immediately after Bertel Thorvaldsen, for whom he worked briefly in Rome, but gradually moved away from the static Neoclassicism he inherited from him and towards a more dynamic and realistic style.He was a professor ...more

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    • Birthplace: Assens, Denmark
    • Associated periods or movements: Neoclassicism, Realism, Naturalism
    • Nationality: Denmark
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
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    Jacob Holdt is a Danish photographer, writer and lecturer. His mammoth work, American Pictures, gained international fame in 1977 for its effective photographic revelations about the hardships of America's lower classes.more

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    • Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Nationality: Denmark
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    Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg
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    Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg was a Danish painter. He was born in Blåkrog in the Duchy of Schleswig, to Henrik Vilhelm Eckersberg, painter and carpenter, and Ingeborg Nielsdatter. He went on to lay the foundation for the period of art known as the Golden Age of Danish Painting, and is referred to as ...more

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    • Artworks: The Cloisters, San Lorenzo fuori le mura
    • Birthplace: Duchy of Schleswig
    • Associated periods or movements: Neoclassicism
    • Nationality: Denmark
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Arne Emil Jacobsen, Hon. FAIA was a Danish architect and designer. He is remembered for his contribution to architectural Functionalism as well as for the worldwide success he enjoyed with simple but effective chair designs.more

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    • Artworks: Series 7 Chair (model 3107), Series 7 Chair (model 3107), Ant Chair
    • Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Nationality: Denmark
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    Manuel Alberto Claro is a Chilean-Danish cinematographer. He was born in Santiago, Chile in 1970. In 1974 he moved to Denmark and since that time lives in Copenhagen. He graduated as a stills photographer from Milan's Istituto Europeo di Design in 1994 and then worked as an assistant photographer in ...more

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    • Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
    • Nationality: Chile, Denmark
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    Helena Christensen
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    Helena Christensen is a Danish fashion model and photographer. She is a former Victoria's Secret Angel and beauty queen. Christensen has also served as creative director for Nylon magazine, designed clothing, and supported funding for breast cancer organizations and other charities.more

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    • Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Nationality: Denmark
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    Herluf Bidstrup was a Danish cartoonist. He was the author of over 5,000 cartoons. As a communist, Bidstrup drew lots of cartoons on foreign policy and social themes, as well as subject matter related to the effects of World War II. Some of his work captures and presents the humor in everyday life. He ...more

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    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
    • Nationality: Denmark, Germany
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    Stephan Abel Sinding was a Norwegian-Danish sculptor. He moved to Copenhagen in 1883 and had his breakthrough the same year. In 1890 he obtained Danish citizenship. In 1910 he settled in Paris where he lived and worked until his death in 1922.more

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    • Birthplace: Trondheim, Norway
    • Associated periods or movements: Realism
    • Nationality: Denmark, Norway
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
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    Carl Aarsleff

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    Carl Aarsleff
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    Carl Vilhelm Oluf Peter Aarsleff was a Danish sculptor, He was a professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts from 1901 and from 1914 to 1917 served as its director.more

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    • Birthplace: Nyborg, Denmark
    • Associated periods or movements: Realism, Naturalism
    • Nationality: Denmark
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
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    Jacob Aue Sobol

    Jacob Aue Sobol is a Danish photographer. He has worked around the world, including in East Greenland, Guatemala, Tokyo, Bangkok and Copenhagen. Since 2007 Sobol has been a nominee at Magnum Photos. His works are widely exhibited, notably at the Yossi Milo Gallery in New York and at the Diemar/Noble ...more

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    • Artworks: The Gomez-Brito Family
    • Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Nationality: Denmark
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    Peder Severin Krøyer

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    Peder Severin Krøyer
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    Peder Severin Krøyer, known as P. S. Krøyer, was a Danish painter. He is one of the best known and beloved, and undeniably the most colorful of the Skagen Painters, a community of Danish and Nordic artists who lived, gathered or worked in Skagen, Denmark, especially during the final decades of the 19th ...more

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    • Artworks: Hip, Hip, Hurrah!, Interior of a Tavern, Italian Village Workers Making Hats, + more
    • Birthplace: Stavanger, Norway
    • Nationality: Denmark
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Albert Küchler

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    Albert Küchler
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    Albert Küchler was a Danish painter associated with the Danish Golden Age. He mainly painted genre works and portraits. He was highly esteemed by his contemporaries but is little known today.more

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    • Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Associated periods or movements: Neoclassicism
    • Nationality: Denmark
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    Herman Wilhelm Bissen

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    Herman Wilhelm Bissen
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    Herman Wilhelm Bissen was a Danish sculptor. Bissen first studied painting in Copenhagen, then became a pupil of the sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen. In 1824, he travelled to Rome and met Christian Daniel Rauch in Berlin. Under the influence of Thorvaldsen, his style changed from romanticism to ...more

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    • Birthplace: Schleswig, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: Neoclassicism
    • Nationality: Denmark
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
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