(b. 1823, Ringsted, d. 1910, København)

A Jutland Shepherd on the Moors

Oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cm
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

In June of 1854 Frederik Vermehren met this 82-year-old shepherd on the Jutland moors. He wandered, knitting, among the flowering heather with his sheep, his only company the dog resting at his feet. Over the next few months this fortuitous encounter gave rise to one of the principal rural scenes in Danish art history.

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