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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
The Weather Project, The aerial river series, Multiple grotto 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 ...more

Johann Georg Ziesenis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
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 ...more

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

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 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 ...more

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

William Heinesen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Andreas William Heinesen 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 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 ...more

Jacob Holdt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
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 ...more

Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
The Cloisters, San Lorenzo fuori le mura 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 ...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 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
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 ...more

Helena Christensen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
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, ...more

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

Stephan Sinding is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
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 ...more

Carl Aarsleff is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Carl Aarsleff 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.

Jacob Aue Sobol is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Jacob Aue Sobol The Gomez-Brito Family 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 ...more

Peder Severin Krøyer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Peder Severin Krøyer Hip, Hip, Hurrah! 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 ...more

Albert Küchler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Albert Küchler 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

Herman Wilhelm Bissen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Herman Wilhelm Bissen 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 ...more

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 Jacob August Riis was a Danish American social reformer, "muckraking" journalist and social documentary photographer. He is known for using his photographic and journalistic talents to ...more

Jean René Gauguin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Jean René Gauguin Triton and Nereid Jean René Gauguin was a Franco-Danish sculptor. He won a bronze medal for Denmark in the art competitions at the 1924 Summer Olympics for his Boxer.

Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann Anna Maria Elisabeth Lisinska Jerichau-Baumann was a Polish-born 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 Carl Frederik Stanley was an English-Danish sculptor, a leading proponent of early Neo-Classicism in Denmark.

Jens Jørgen Thorsen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Jens Jørgen Thorsen was a Danish artist, director, and jazz musician whose works sometimes created controversy. Thorsen began his artistic career attending periodically the Royal Danish ...more

Oluf Braren is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Oluf Braren Oluf Braren was a painter of naïve art from the north Frisian island of Föhr. Some of his works show a strong affinity to his Frisian homeland. His paintings include portraits and ...more

Peter Elfelt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Peter Elfelt was a Danish photographer and film director known as the first movie pioneer in Denmark when he began making documentary films in 1897.

Bernhard Keil is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Bernhard Keil Bernhard Keil or Keyl was a Danish Baroque painter who became a pupil of Rembrandt.

Bertel Thorvaldsen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Nicolaus Copernicus Monument, Warsaw Bertel Thorvaldsen was a Danish sculptor of international fame, who spent most of his life in Italy. Thorvaldsen was born in Copenhagen into a Danish/Icelandic family of humble means, and was ...more

Peder Mørk Mønsted is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Peder Mørk Mønsted The Cloister, Taormina, The Woodland Glade Peder Mørk Mønsted was a Danish realist painter. Mønsted was known for his landscape paintings-

Laurits Tuxen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Laurits Tuxen Laurits Tuxen was a Danish painter and sculptor specialising in figure painting. He was also associated with the Skagen Painters. He was the first head of Kunstnernes Frie Studieskoler, an art ...more

Michael Elmgreen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted Under Nazism Michael Elmgreen (born 1961) is a Danish artist who collaborates with Norwegian artist Ingar Dragset.

Edvard Eriksen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Edvard Eriksen The Little Mermaid Edvard Eriksen was a Danish-Icelandic sculptor. He is best known as the creator of the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen 1909-1913. He apprenticed as a wood carver, after which he trained at ...more

Jørgen Roed is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Jørgen Roed Jørgen Roed, Danish portrait and genre painter associated with the Golden Age of Danish Painting, was born in Ringsted to Peder Jørgensen Roed and wife, Ellen Hansdatter.

Jürgen Ovens is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Jürgen Ovens Jürgen Ovens, also known as Georg, or Jurriaen Ovens whilst in the Netherlands, was a portrait painter from North Frisia and, according to Arnold Houbraken, a pupil of Rembrandt. He is best ...more

Finn E. B. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark

Marie Krøyer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Marie Krøyer Marie Triepcke Krøyer Alfvén, commonly known as Marie Krøyer, was a Danish painter. She is remembered principally as the wife of P. S. Krøyer, one of the most ...more

Ditlev Blunck is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Ditlev Blunck Ditlev Conrad Blunck was a Danish painter associated with the Danish Golden Age during the first half of the 19th century.

Joachim Koester is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Joachim Koester is a conceptual artist and a graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Art in his native city. Over the last fifteen years, his work has been exhibited internationally, in Europe, ...more

Vilhelm Kyhn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Vilhelm Kyhn Peter Vilhelm Carl Kyhn, was a Danish landscape painter who belonged to the generation of national romantic painters immediately after the Danish Golden Age and before the Modern Breakthrough. ...more

Wilhelm Bendz is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Wilhelm Bendz Interior From Amaliegade With the Artist’s Brothers, Artists in Finck's Coffee House Wilhelm Ferdinand Bendz was a Danish painter mainly known for genre works and portraits which often portray his artist colleagues and their daily lives. He was one of the most talented artists ...more

Wilhelm Freddie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Wilhelm Freddie Portable Garbo Wilhelm Frederik Christian Carlsen Freddie was a Danish painter and sculptor. Initially working along a somewhat abstract line, he soon turned towards a more realistic surrealism, only to later ...more

Jacques Saly is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Jacques Saly Jacques François Joseph Saly, also known as Jacques Saly, French-born sculptor who worked in France, Denmark, and Italy, was born in Valenciennes to François Marie Saly and his

Carl Balsgaard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Still Life of Pumpkins and Artichokes Carl Vilhelm Balsgaard (1812-1893) was a Danish painter.

August Jerndorff is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
August Jerndorff August Andreas Jerndorff was a Danish painter who is best known for his portraits.

Lars Bo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Lars Bo Lars Bo was a Danish artist and writer. He is known for his graphic works with surrealistically inspired fantastic motifs. He was nicknamed "Wizard". Lars Bo worked with P. Rostrup ...more

Jens Galschiøt is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Jens Galschiøt Jens Galschiøt, is a Danish sculptor best known for the Pillar of Shame. Galschiøt moved to Odense in 1973, and in 1985 he opened a 2000 square metre combined foundry, studio, ...more

Jens Ferdinand Willumsen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Jens Ferdinand Willumsen The Great Relief Jens Ferdinand Willumsen was a Danish artist who was associated with the movements of Symbolism and Expressionism. Although he was Danish, Willumsen lived almost half of his life in France. ...more

Johan Nissen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Johan Nissen Johan Nissen is a Danish New Media artist specializing in Digital Art.

Niels Hansen Jacobsen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Artists from Denmark
Niels Hansen Jacobsen Troll that smells Christian blood Niels Hansen Jacobsen was a Danish sculptor and ceramist who is famous for making the, at the time of creation, controversial sculpture, Troll that smells Christian blood