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 John Erik Christian Petersen  (1839 - 1874)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts / Denmark      Known for: sailing ships, coastal views

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John Erik Christian Petersen
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The packet ship Robert D. Brown outward bound in American coastal waters with other shipping
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Paintings by John E. C. Petersen are rare as he died at the age of thirty-five. In a brief career that lasted a little more than thirteen years, Petersen had works accepted at the annual exhibitions of the Boston Athenaeum, the National Academy of Design and the Brooklyn Art Association. Academically trained at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen, Petersen's canvases are distinguished by an inner glow seen in his skies and seas.

Biography from VALLEJO GALLERY, LLC, Marine Art Specialists:
Born in Copenhagen in 1839, the artist began to study art in 1860 under D.H. Anton Melbye and Niels C.F. Dahl at the Royal Academy of Art. He achieved an officer’s rank in the Danish army, and after completing his service, Petersen departed for America in 1864. The next year, he opened a Boston studio. During this period, he worked as illustrator for “Harper's Weekly”.

One of the greatest American sea painters, (had his untimely death at 34 years of age not limited his volume of work to a period of 13 years), Petersen's career might have compared with, if not exceeded, that of the comparatively prolific James E. Buttersworth. This is due to the lyrical atmospheres and fleeting luminosity of Petersen's rare expert paintings which describe the American maritime scene of the nineteenth century.

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