A stunning work of large proportions by Danish artist Nils Hans Christiansen (1850-1922), depicting moonlit skaters and figures in a winter landscape with a city skyline to the background. Signed to the lower left.
This work was sold at Christie's on 30th August 2001 as a genuine work by Nils Hans Christiansen and bears the Christie's reference label verso.
Nils Hans Christiansen was a well-accomplished painter born in Esbjerg in the Jutland peninsula of southwest Denmark on July 22nd 1850. He specialised in winter landscapes and moonlight scenes and was interested in the effects of light, often painting sunrise and sunsets. He first came to England in 1863 for the Royal Wedding of the Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandria. Although he worked mainly in Denmark and Norway, he spent some time in England where he is believed to have exhibited with many of the leading art galleries in London. In addition to exhibiting in England, Christiansen also exhibited in his home country at the Royal Academy of Copenhagen where he became a member.
He seems to have settled in England and on 10 September 1887 he married Alice Dickens at York Square, Stepney and lived in West Ham. His success brought him royal connections and he was given a Grace and Favour apartment at Windsor by Queen Victoria.
Christiansen died in 1922 at Plaistow, East London aged 71. A number of his works can be found in museums and art collections in England including the National Collection at Epping Forest Museum, Warwickshire Museum, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. These can be viewed online at BBC - Your Paintings.
This work has some light craquelure in areas, but generally remains in a very good condition throughout. The work is housed in a later gilt frame which has a small area of loss to the upper right (please see photographs).
An exceptional work by a renowned artist.
Provenance: Christie's sale, 30th August 2001.
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