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Wenzel Tornøe (Danish painter) 1844 - 1907

Wenzel Ulrik Tornøe (9 September 1844 on the farm Lehnshøj near Svendborg - 5 December 1907 in Frederiksberg) was a Danish genre painter. He was the son of Jens Wenzel Tornøe (1792-1866) and Eleonore Jakobine born Lacoppidan (1797-1872). Wenzel Tornøe married the painter Karen Elisabeth Blumer on 18 July 1876, who subsequently took the name Elisabeth Tornøe. Tornøe is described as a genre painter and representative of the typical Charlottenborg art at the time. However, his best pictures contain picturesque qualities both in terms of image composition and figure making. Source: Wikipedia * * * Elisabeth Tornøe (Danish painter) 1847 - 1933 Elisabeth Tornøe was born as Karen Elisabeth Blumer, the daughter of Samuel Jacobsen Blumer (1795-1885) en Bolette Marie Abigael Vendelboe. Her father had a grocery store in the town of Horsens. She received her training in drawing and perspective in Horsens, but she was also an autodidact. After the marriage with the Danish painter Wenzel Ulrik Tornøe, she was guided by him and in 1878-1879 they traveled on a study trip to The Netherlands, Belgium, Paris and Northern Italy . She was, together with her husband, one of several artistic couples in Denmark, who became known in the last quarter of the 1800s. With the exception of Anna Ancher and Agnes Slott-Møller these women lived in the shadow of their husbands. Elisabeth Tornøe's production is modest and without any particular line. The sensitivity of environmental and personal information is distinctive, along with the unmistakable autodidactic character. Her paintings include: En åben smykkeæske (1874), Ved barnets sygeleje (1884), Portræt af en gammel mand (1884), I forlovelsestiden (1885) and Interiør (1895).

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