Loeb Danish Ardt Collection - page 142

JOHANNES AUGUST FISCHER
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August Fischer trained in the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
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and was later a private
pupil of P.S. Krøyer, but he never joined the period’s rebels. He
fi
rst painted a number of genre paint-
ings, but gradually specialised in city views and found a splendid means of gaining an income by sat-
isfying a demand from the public at large for decorative cityscapes from Denmark and abroad. He
seems to have had a particular liking for cities with old houses and canals. In Denmark, these
included the cathedral city of Ribe out in the far west of the Southern Jutland marshlands; in Ger-
many, especially Hamburg and Nuremberg; in Holland, Dordrecht in the Rhine delta and of course
also the most famous of all European canal cities, Venice.
Fischer showed for the
fi
rst time at Charlottenborg in
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, exhibiting there regularly until
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and then again from
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until his death. He took part in the major Scandinavian exhibitions in the
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’s and was represented in the watershed exhibition of Danish art in Copenhagen City Hall
(Raadhusudstillingen) in
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. Stylistically, his painting can be termed naturalistic, but as a painter
of views, he represents a tradition in Western European painting aiming at a speci
fi
c objective
whereby reality stands outside the artistic trends of the time.
August Fischer was an older brother of the famous Paul Fischer, but nevertheless little is known
of his life. He is represented in two Danish art museums, in Ribe and Århus.
E.F.
         :
Erik Mortensen, in:
Weilbach
, Vol.
, Copenhagen
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.
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