Born 1744 Died 1800
Nikolaj Abraham Abildgaard , called 'the Father of Danish Painting', was born at Copenhagen, the son of Soren Abildgaard, an antiquarian draughtsman of repute. He formed his style on that of Claude and of Nicolas Poussin; and was a cold theorist, inspired not by nature but by art. As a technical painter he attained remarkable success, his tone being very harmonious and even, but the effect, to a foreigner's eye, is rarely interesting. His works are scarcely known out of Copenhagen, where he won an immense fame in his own generation. He was the founder of the Danish school of painting, and the master of Thorwaldsen and Eckersberg.
Being the entry for ABILDGAARD, NIKOLAJ ABRAHAM in the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica, the text of which lies within the public domain.