Valdemar Hjartvar Købke (1813–1893), the Artist's Brother

Artist: Christen Købke (Danish, Copenhagen 1810–1848 Copenhagen)

Date: ca. 1838

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 21 1/8 x 18 1/4 in. (53.7 x 46.4 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1990

Accession Number: 1990.233


This portrait of Købke’s younger brother in his seaman’s uniform was painted soon before the artist left Copenhagen for a sojourn in Italy. It is an incisive likeness, remarkable for its psychological intensity. Købke, who is widely regarded as the greatest Danish painter to emerge from the Copenhagen Academy of Fine Arts, brought a distinctive clarity and luminosity to the naturalist aesthetic of his teacher, Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg.