THE ARTIST: Preben Rasmussen (1919 - 1970) Well-listed Danish Expressionist.Preber Rasmussen was only eleven years old when he began his painting career During the course of his life, he made steady trips throughout Europe concentrating of France, Italy and Switzerland. Of his many paintings, most depict Paris, especially Montmartre and Sacre Coeur. Like Camille Pissarro, he regularly painted the same scenes at different times in order to create the diversity of light and darkness as the day progressed.


The inspiration he received from Vincent Van Gogh and Gauguin is apparent from the swirling colors and strong contrast between darkness and light. The moody atmosphere conveyed by his paintings is further enhanced by the 3-dimensional aspects which the thickness of the palette portrays.

Preben Rasmussen can not be found in Davenport or any other major Art Encyclopdia, as he was not considered a great artist considered a great artist by many of his contemporaries when he was at the peak of his painting career in the 1950-1960´s although a few art critics appreciated his art. I have here a Newspaper clipping from the 1950´s from "Berlingske Tidende" (the leading Danish Newspaper): "A Fine Artist (+ a photo of P.R.)

The landscape painter Preben Rasmussen has just returned from one on his annual trips to Switzerland, Italy and France , where he has painted many beautiful paintings. A part of these he has brought with him home to Denmark and will now start arranging another exhibition, where also a selection of his very realistic Danish landscape paintings can be found.

Preben Rasmussen, who was born in Copenhagen I 1919 started to make drawings already when he was eleven years old, but the pencil was very fast replaced by the brush and oil colours inspired by his ideal the very well known artist Piet Hoejlesen.

His interest for the young painter can today be truly recognized in his colour composition and to a very high extent also in his landscape paintings. But it is his frequent stay in Paris who really had opened his eyes for the true art of painting. He was originally a naturalist using also Van Gogh and Gauguin as model and combining this with the inspiration from Piet Hoejlesen has achieved a somewhat more specific artistic effect.

To the more characteristic works of his youth belong "Sol i Nyhavn" (Sun in Newharbour), where he for the first time found his own expression with regards to artistic clarity and abundance. Signed H.B. "  

At the time P.R. was more or less only known in Denmark, where his paintings until recently could be purchased at very modest prices. Today he is of some reason getting extremely popular in the USA and as a matter of fact I can sell all the P.R. paintings I can lay my hand on - in particular in the USA, where he many years after his death has become extremely popular.

Monday, October 12, 2009

7. MOULIN ROUGE IN PARIS AT NIGHT


RESERVED !
THE SIZE IS: 11.2" (28.5 CM) x 15.2"(38.5 CM) WITHOUT THE FRAME.
APPROXIMATE AGE: FROM ABT. 1945-50.
SIGNED: PR.

DESCRIPTION: THE PAINTING SIMPLY SHOWS THE FAMOUS PLACE OF ENTERTAINMENT "MOULIN ROUGE" IN PARIS AT NIGHT. IN THE BACKGROUND SOME VERY CHARACTERISTIC BUILDINGS CAN BE SEEN. THE WAY IN WHICH IT IS PAINTED IS VERY TYPICAL FOR THE WORKS OF PREBEN RASMUSSEN: VERY HEAVY LAYERS OF PAINT CREATING THE WELLKNOWN "RELIEF-EFFECT".

 
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