THE GREAT STORYTELLER
January – June 2022
Wilhelm Marstrand has a very special place among the Golden Age painters at the Nivaagaard Collection. He has painted portraits of three generations of Hager, a family he had a special and close relationship with. Marstrand was an brilliant colourist able to master complicated compositions with a lot of characters like no other, and he was a gifted storyteller, which his large and diverse production of paintings also testifies to. It is precisely storytelling that is often at the centre of Marstrand’s many portrayals of common life, which are colourful and lively snapshots of certain moments.
Marstrand was an avid reader, and this is also reflected in his works where he often used literary sources. In addition, he was very fond of the theatre, and several of the genre scenes also reflect this – for example, by being inspired by vaudevilles, which are cheery and satirical performances.
This unique and exuberant talent is the focal point of the exhibition. Via various themes, we display the portrait, the theatre, the journeys to Italy and the depictions of common life which are some of the genres that Marstrand most frequently played around with.
The exhibition is a collaboration between four art museums: Fuglsang Kunstmuseum, Ribe Kunstmuseum, the Skovgaard Museum and the Nivaagaard Collection.