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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