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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
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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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
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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: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Nationality: Denmark, United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Camille Pissarro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
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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^! Sun, The Tuileries Gardens, + 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: Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Nationality: Denmark
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Asger Jorn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
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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 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
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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, Faroe Islands
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    Jens Adolf Jerichau

    Jens Adolf Jerichau is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
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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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