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 Thorvald Bindesboll  (1846 - 1908)

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Lived/Active: Denmark      Known for: watercolor designs, pottery, tapestry, book binding, ornamentation

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Thorvald Bindesboll  (1846 - 1908)

The late Thorvald Bindesboll, was indisputably the most virile and fecund force in the entire field of contemporary Scandinavian decorative art. Born at Copenhagen in 1846, he died sixty-two years later in the city which he strove so variously to beautify, and of which he remains to-day one of the imperishable glories. The career of this remarkable individual was an incessant struggle toward an ever richer and more typical esthetic self-expression. His energy was boundless, and his activity as unceasing as his flow of wit and lusty good humor which were tempered now and again by a manly and merciless sarcasm. He touched current artistic endeavour at an infinite number of points, and everywhere left the impress of his vigorous personality and unflagging inventive exuberance.

The son of the well-known architect who planned the Thorvaldsen Museum, he was himself trained in the paternal profession, which he practiced whenever opportunity offered. It was, however, in the province of creative design that he attained highest rank, and no one familiar with his work in pottery, furniture, silverware, tapestry, book-binding, or decorative ornament of any description will fail to recognize the abundant freedom and rhythmic eloquence of his contribution. While there are echoes in this art of such widely divergent influences as the Romanesque, Baroque, and Chinese, still, in the final analysis, all that he has left behind remains sheer Bindesboll in its opulent breadth of form, fluent individuality of stroke, and sonorous richness of tone. It is a pleasure to offer herewith even such an inconsiderable fragment of Bindesboll's  art as may be noted in the cover and incidental decorative features of the present catalogue.

The designs are published with the special sanction of Director Karl Madsen, and have been adapted and arranged, in as far as has been necessary, by Bindesboll’s favourite pupil, Mr. Svend Hammershoi, brother of the Danish painter, Vilhelm Hammershoi, and himself an artist of distinction (see both in AskART).

Christian Brinton, the Catalogue for the 1912 -1913 EXHIBITION of CONTEMPORARY SCANDINAVIAN ART at New York, Buffalo, Toledo, Chicago and Boston

Submitted by M.D. Silverbrooke

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