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 Preben Rasmussen  (1919 - 1970)

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Lived/Active: Denmark/France      Known for: abstract, expressionist landscape and floral painting

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Stadtansicht von Paris
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
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Danish Expressionist artist Preber Rasmussen was only eleven years old when he began his painting career. During the course of his life, he made steady trips throughout Europe concentrating on France, Italy and Switzerland. Of his many paintings, most depict Paris, especially Montmartre and Sacre Coeur. Like Camille Pissarro, he regularly painted the same scenes at different times in order to create the diversity of light and darkness as the day progressed. The inspiration he received from Vincent Van Gogh and Gauguin is apparent from the swirling colors and strong contrast between darkness and light. The moody atmosphere conveyed by his paintings is further enhanced by the 3-dimensional aspects, which the thickness of the palette portrays.

Preben Rasmussen can not be found in Davenport's Art Reference or any other major Art Encyclopedia because he was not considered a great artist by many of his contemporaries when he was at the peak of his painting career in the 1950-1960īs although a few art critics appreciated his art.

A Newspaper clipping from the 1950īs from Berlingske Tidende, the leading Danish Newspaper, carried these comments with a photo of the artist:

"A Fine Artist: The landscape painter Preben Rasmussen has just returned from one on his annual trips to Switzerland, Italy and France , where he has painted many beautiful paintings. A part of these he has brought with him home to Denmark and will now start arranging another exhibition, where also a selection of his very realistic Danish landscape paintings can be found."

Preben Rasmussen, who was born in Copenhagen in 1919. He started to make drawings when he was eleven years old, but the pencil was very fast replaced by the brush and oil colours inspired by his ideal, the very well known artist Piet Hoejlesen.

But it was his frequent stays in Paris, which really opened his eyes for the true art of painting. He was originally a naturalist using also Van Gogh and Gauguin as model.  His artwork became a result of combining these influences with the inspiration from Piet Hoejlesen.

To the more characteristic works of his youth belong "Sol i Nyhavn" (Sun in Newharbour), where he for the first time found his own expression with regards to artistic clarity and abundance. Signed H.B. "


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