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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

    The Weather Project, The aerial river series

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    Associated periods or movementsContemporary art

    Art FormsInstallation 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 light, water, and air...  more
  • 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...  more
  • Viggo Mortensen

    Chatter box Eyes, Gulf Stream

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Art FormsPainting

    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 and...  more

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  • Camille Pissarro

    The Garden of the Tuileries on a Winter Afternoon, The Garden of the Tuileries on a Winter Afternoon

    BirthplaceCharlotte Amalie, United States Virgin Islands

    Associated periods or movementsPost-Impressionism, Impressionism, Neo-impressionism

    Art FormsPainting

    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 the US...  more

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  • Per Kirkeby

    Flight to Egypt, Wald-Variation VI

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    Art FormsPainting

    Per Kirkeby (1 September 1938 – 9 May 2018) was a Danish painter, poet, film maker and sculptor....  more
  • Asger Jorn

    Stalingrad, Schweizer Suite

    BirthplaceJutland, Denmark

    Art FormsPainting

    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 International....  more
  • 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....  more
  • Jens Adolf Jerichau

    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 (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 about...  more
  • Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg

    The Cloisters, San Lorenzo fuori le mura

    BirthplaceDuchy of Schleswig

    Associated periods or movementsNeoclassicism

    Art FormsPainting

    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 Jutland...  more
  • Arne Jacobsen

    Series 7 Chair (model 3107), Series 7 Chair (model 3107)

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, 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 simple but...  more
  • 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 of the...  more
  • 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 Nylon...  more

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  • 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 career...  more
  • 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 citizenship....  more
  • Carl Aarsleff

    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 its...  more
  • Jacob Aue Sobol

    The Gomez-Brito Family

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, 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 and a...  more
  • Peder Severin Krøyer

    Hip, Hip

    BirthplaceStavanger, Norway

    Art FormsPainting

    Peder Severin Krøyer (23 July 1851 – 21 November 1909), professionally known as P. S. Krøyer, was a Danish painter....  more
  • Albert Küchler

    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 contemporaries...  more
  • Herman Wilhelm Bissen

    Herman Wilhelm Bissen (13 October 1798 – 10 March 1868) was a Danish sculptor....  more
  • Jacob Riis

    Home of an Italian Ragpicker, Jersey Street

    BirthplaceRibe, Denmark

    Art FormsPhotography

    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 photographic and...  more
  • Jean René Gauguin

    Triton and Nereid

    BirthplaceFrance

    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....  more
  • Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann

    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....  more
  • Carl Frederik Stanley

    Carl Frederik Stanley was an English-Danish sculptor, a leading proponent of early Neo-Classicism in Denmark....  more