Peder Mørk Mønsted (10 December 1859 – 20 June 1941) was a Danish painter known for his realistic landscapes. He began painting from an early age and attended the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts from 1875 to 1879.
His landscapes are incredibly detailed, yet do not appear to be overworked. This is not easy to achieve. Many realist paintings just appear too refined and have lost that painterly feel. In my opinion, a great painting should still look like a painting, not a photograph.
Mønsted demonstrated that you can paint realism whilst retaining a somewhat painterly quality through the use of fluid brushwork and by simplifying areas of relatively less importance. He did not illustrate every leaf on the trees or every individual strand of grass.
His use of color is also very impressive. The colors appear rich and united by the light. Also notice how Mønsted frequently used black for the shadows, rather than the dark blues, greens and purples used by the Impressionists. Black is often avoided by many landscape painters, but it can be extremely effective if used correctly.
Anyway, I will let you enjoy his paintings.
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