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Niels Strobek studied under Egill Jacobsen at the Royal Danish Academy
of Art, Copenhagen, 1962-67. At first glance, Strobek seems to be
one of the most realistic painters on the contemporary Danish scene,
but visible reality is only interesting to Strobek insofar as it opens
up to a deeper level of reality. By reaching out for the not
immediately comprehensible layers of existence, Strobek strives towards
putting order into life's chaotic appearance. This classical
attitude enables us to see Strobek's work in a dual perspective: his
art is a representation of both topical, present-day life and of
timeless, universal existence.
Steeped in the tradition of the
Italian Renaissance, Spanish Baroque, Danish Classicism and not least,
Modern Art, Strobek has painted still life, landscapes and the human
figure. His still-life pieces show an absorption in the abstract
play of forms and a sensual, rhythmic use of primary colors such as Yellow Box in the collection of the Randers Museum of Art.
In landscapes like Amager Common in the Storstroms Museum of Art, and Oak Trees
in the NY Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen), Strobek highlights aspects
of the world which contest the validity of our normal perceptions.
human figure has been treated by Strobek in the form of portraits and
allegorical model studies. Commissioned portraits include among
others, Queen Margrethe of Denmark and Prince Henrik of Denmark, both
in Amalienborg, along with Kristof Glamann (Museum of
Frederiksborg). In other portraits and model studies, Strobek
explores femininity of the enigmatic nature of women, as in the
paintngs "By the Sea" (NY Carlsberg Glyptotek), "Double Portrait"
(Aarhus Museum of Art) and in a series of pictures which are conceived
as a modern version of the theme, "the five foolish and the five wise
In two monumental pieces executed for the Law Courts of the City Court
of Copenhagen, Strobek succeeds in fusing various kinds of genres and
subject matter into an allegory of the modern constitutional state.
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