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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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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. Eliasson represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 and later that year installed The Weather Project in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, London. Eliasson has engaged in a number of projects in public space, including the intervention Green river, carried out in various cities between 1998 and 2001; the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2007, London, a temporary pavilion designed with the ...more on Wikipedia

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 sketches in the course of his life, including ones of Frederick II and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Nationality: Denmark, Germany

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 a Lady, G.I. Jane, A Perfect Murder, A Walk on the Moon and 28 Days. Mortensen grew in prominence in the early 2000s with his role as Aragorn in the epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings. In 2005, Mortensen won critical acclaim for David Cronenberg's crime thriller A History of Violence. Two years later, another Cronenberg film Eastern Promises earned him further critical acclaim and an ...more on Wikipedia

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. He later studied and worked alongside Georges Seurat and Paul Signac when he took on the Neo-Impressionist style at the age of 54. In 1873 he helped establish a collective society of fifteen aspiring artists, becoming the "pivotal" figure in holding the group together and encouraging the other members. Art historian John Rewald called Pissarro the "dean of the Impressionist painters", not only ...more on Wikipedia

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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