KYHN, Vilhelm
(b. 1819, København, d. 1903, Frederiksberg)

Young Boy Seated on a Wall Overlooking Capri

1850-52
Oil on canvas, 32 x 44 cm
Private collection

This is a rare Italian view by Vilhelm Kyhn, the important painter of the Danish Golden Age. Kyhn travelled to Italy between 1850-1852, stopping in Rome, Venice, Florence and Naples. This view in Capri, with the luminous blue sky and enveloping light given off by the sun reveal his debt to his teacher Christopher Wilhelm Eckersberg, who has been called the father of Danish painting, and was the first artist to tie together the diverse strands of Danish and foreign artistic traditions, and encouraged the practice of landscape painting based on sketches done en plein air.