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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.

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

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Ólafur Elí... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
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

Olafur Eliasson (Icelandic: Ólafur Elíasson; born 1967) is a Danish-Icelandic artist known for sculptures and large-scale installation art employing elemental materials such as ...more
Johann Georg Ziesenis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Johann Georg Ziesenis

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Nationality: Denmark, Germany

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 ...more
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Chatter box Eyes, Gulf Stream, Elendil

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: Denmark, United States of America

Art Forms: Painting

Viggo Peter Mortensen Jr. (; Danish: [viːko ˈmɒːtn̩sn̩]; born October 20, 1958) is a Danish-American actor, author, musician, photographer, poet, and painter. Born in New York to a Danish father ...more

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Camille Pissarro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
The Garden of the Tuileries on a Winter Afternoon, The Garden of the Tuileries on a Winter Afternoon, The Hermitage at Pontoise

Birthplace: Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands, United States, with Territories, + more

Associated periods or movements: Post-Impressionism, Impressionism, Neo-impressionism

Nationality: France, Denmark

Art Forms: Painting

Camille Pissarro ( piss-AR-oh, French: [kamij pisaʁo]; 10 July 1830 – 13 November 1903) was a Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter born on the island of St Thomas (now in ...more

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Per Kirkeby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Flight to Egypt, Wald-Variation VI, Sitting model

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Nationality: Denmark

Art Forms: Painting

Per Kirkeby (1 September 1938 – 9 May 2018) was a Danish painter, poet, film maker and sculptor.
Asger Jorn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Stalingrad, Schweizer Suite, Die Zwei Elemente

Birthplace: Jutland, Denmark

Nationality: Denmark

Art Forms: Painting

Asger Oluf Jorn (3 March 1914 – 1 May 1973) was a Danish painter, sculptor, ceramic artist, and author. He was a founding member of the avant-garde movement COBRA and the Situationist ...more
William Heinesen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark

Birthplace: Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

Nationality: Denmark

Andreas William Heinesen (15 January 1900 – 12 March 1991) was a poet, novel writer, short story writer, children's book writer, composer and painter from the Faroe Islands.
Jens Adolf Jerichau is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Jens Adolf Jerichau

Birthplace: Assens, Denmark

Associated periods or movements: Neoclassicism, Realism, Naturalism

Nationality: Denmark

Art Forms: Sculpture

Emil Jens Baumann Adolf Jerichau (17 April 1816 – 25 July 1883) was a Danish sculptor. He belonged to the generation immediately after Bertel Thorvaldsen, for whom he worked briefly in Rome, but ...more
Jacob Holdt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark

Birthplace: Denmark, Eurasia, Copenhagen

Nationality: Denmark

Jacob Holdt (born 29 April 1947) is a Danish photographer, writer and lecturer. His mammoth work, American Pictures, gained international fame in 1977 for its effective photographic revelations ...more
Christoffer Wilhelm Ecke... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
The Cloisters, San Lorenzo fuori le mura

Birthplace: Duchy of Schleswig

Associated periods or movements: Neoclassicism

Nationality: Denmark

Art Forms: Painting

Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg (2 January 1783 – 22 July 1853) was a Danish painter. He was born in Blåkrog in the Duchy of Schleswig (now in Aabenraa Municipality, in the southern part of ...more
Arne Jacobsen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Series 7 Chair (model 3107), Series 7 Chair (model 3107), Ant Chair

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Nationality: Denmark

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 ...more
Manuel Alberto Claro is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark

Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

Nationality: Chile, Denmark

Manuel Alberto Claro, DFF (born April 3, 1970) is a Chilean-Danish cinematographer, filmmaker, and still photographer. He is known for his collaborations with Lars Von Trier, having shot three ...more
Helena Christensen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Nationality: Denmark

Helena Christensen (born 25 December 1968) is a Danish model and photographer. She is a former Victoria's Secret Angel and beauty queen. Christensen has also served as creative director for ...more

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Herluf Bidstrup is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Nationality: Denmark, Germany

Herluf Bidstrup (10 September 1912 – 26 December 1988) was a Danish cartoonist and illustrator. Bidstrup was educated as a painter at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and throughout his ...more
Stephan Sinding is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark

Birthplace: Trondheim, Norway

Associated periods or movements: Realism

Nationality: Denmark, Norway

Art Forms: Sculpture

Stephan Abel Sinding (4 August 1846 – 23 January 1922) was a Norwegian-Danish sculptor. He moved to Copenhagen in 1883 and had his breakthrough the same year. In 1890 he obtained Danish ...more
Carl Aarsleff is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Carl Aarsleff

Birthplace: Nyborg, Denmark

Associated periods or movements: Realism, Naturalism

Nationality: Denmark

Art Forms: Sculpture

Carl Vilhelm Oluf Peter Aarsleff (14 August 1852 – 4 January 1918) 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 ...more
Jacob Aue Sobol is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Jacob Aue Sobol The Gomez-Brito Family

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Nationality: Denmark

Jacob Aue Sobol (born 1976) is a Danish photographer. He has worked in East Greenland, Guatemala, Tokyo, Bangkok, Copenhagen, America and Russia. In 2007 Sobol became a nominee at Magnum Photos ...more
Peder Severin Krø... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Peder Severin Krøyer Hip, Hip, Hurrah!

Birthplace: Stavanger, Norway

Nationality: Denmark

Art Forms: Painting

Peder Severin Krøyer (23 July 1851 – 21 November 1909), professionally known as P. S. Krøyer, was a Danish painter.
Albert Küchler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Albert Küchler

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Associated periods or movements: Neoclassicism

Nationality: Denmark

Albert Küchler (2 May 1803 – 16 February 1886) was a Danish painter associated with the Danish Golden Age. He mainly painted genre works and portraits. He was highly esteemed by his ...more
Herman Wilhelm Bissen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Herman Wilhelm Bissen

Birthplace: Schleswig, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Associated periods or movements: Neoclassicism

Nationality: Denmark

Art Forms: Sculpture

Herman Wilhelm Bissen (13 October 1798 – 10 March 1868) was a Danish sculptor.
Jacob Riis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Home of an Italian Ragpicker, Jersey Street, Night in Gotham Court

Birthplace: Ribe, Denmark

Nationality: Denmark, United States of America

Art Forms: Photography

Jacob August Riis (; May 3, 1849 – May 26, 1914) was a Danish-American social reformer, "muckraking" journalist and social documentary photographer. He is known for using his ...more

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Jean René Gauguin... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Jean René Gauguin Triton and Nereid

Birthplace: France

Nationality: France, Denmark

Jean René Gauguin (April 12, 1881 – April 21, 1961) was a French-Danish sculptor. He won a bronze medal for Denmark in the art competitions at the 1924 Summer Olympics for his Boxer.
Elisabeth Jerichau-Bauma... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann

Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland

Nationality: Poland, Denmark

Art Forms: Painting

Anna Maria Elisabeth Lisinska Jerichau-Baumann (November 21, 1819 – July 11, 1881) was a Polish-Danish painter. She was married to the sculptor Jens Adolf Jerichau.
Carl Frederik Stanley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Carl Frederik Stanley

Birthplace: Westminster, London, United Kingdom

Associated periods or movements: Neoclassicism

Nationality: Denmark, United Kingdom

Art Forms: Sculpture

Carl Frederik Stanley was an English-Danish sculptor, a leading proponent of early Neo-Classicism in Denmark.
Jens Jørgen Thors... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark

Birthplace: Holstebro, Denmark

Nationality: Denmark

Art Forms: Painting