Loeb Danish Ardt Collection - page 208

ERNESTINE SOPHIE HENCK
     ‒      
Sophie Henck was a member of the Copenhagen bourgeoisie, the daughter of the regimental surgeon
and hospital consultant, Professor Carl Ludvig Henck. She studied
fi
rst under J.L. Jensen and subse-
quently O.D. Ottesen (


).
Her oeuvre is not large. She took part in the annual Charlottenborg exhibitions, but only at irreg-
ular intervals, showing between one and four
fl
ower paintings at a time. The
fi
rst occasion was in

, when she exhibited
Markblomster (Meadow Flowers)
,
En ribsgren
(
A Redcurrant
Branch)
,
Frugtstykke (Fruit Piece)
and
fi
nally a copy of a
fl
ower piece by the Netherlandish artist
Jan van Huysum (


). Van Huysum’s
fl
ower piece was acquired for the Royal Collection of
Paintings in

from a Norwegian collector, Prefect Thygeson. Ottesen painted a work in homage to
that same piece that was purchased by the architect J.D. Herholdt (


).
Sophie Henck’s copy of the van Huysum piece was sold to Aarhus Museum (now Aros, Aarhus
Kunstmuseum). Between

and

she exhibited each year at Charlottenborg:
Voksende jord-
bær (Growing Strawberries)
,
Et glas med forårsblomster
(
A Vase of Spring Flowers)
,
Rød og
hvidtjørn (Red and White Hawthorn)
and
En æblegren i blomst (A Branch of Apple Blos-
som).
This last was shown in the Women Artists’ Retrospective Exhibition, Charlottenborg,

,
now in the possession of Storstrøms Kunstmuseum, Maribo.
In

, the sole work she exhibited was a copy of another Netherlandish
fl
ower piece by Joris van
Son (


) entitled
En udhugget stenramme omgivet af frugter (A Carved Stone Frame
Surrounded by Fruit)
. The original, a large picture measuring

x
⅔
in. (

x

cm), dates
from

. In

and

, she exhibited strawberry pictures, one each year.
Sophie Henck went abroad twice, once to Dresden in

(a violent year to travel, as it was the
year of revolutions in Europe) and once to Paris, where she stayed between

and

. She proba-
bly copied in the famous art collections in both cities. Paris o
ff
ered special possibilities, as there were
art schools there for women.
Unmarried, she lived with her parents; when her mother died in

, she moved to Kristiansdals
Kloster near Sorø in Southern Zealand, where there was an establishment for unmarried women.
M.T.
         :
Laura Bjerrum in:
Weilbachs Kunstnerleksikon,
Vol.
, Copenhagen

.

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