Christian August Lorentzen

Christian August Lorentzen (10 August 1749 – 8 May 1828) was a Danish painter.[1][2]

Christian August Lorentzen
Born(1749-08-10)10 August 1749
Died8 May 1828(1828-05-08) (aged 78)
Known forPainter

Early life and education

Christian August Lorentzen was born in Sønderborg, Denmark. He was the son of Hans Peter Lorentzen and Maria Christina Hansdatter. His father was a watchmaker. He arrived in Copenhagen around 1771 where he frequented the Royal Academy of Fine Arts but it is unclear whether he received formal training.[3] After arriving in Copenhagen, he was soon used as a portrait painter. From 1779 to 1782 he went abroad to develop his skills, visiting the Netherlands, Antwerp and Paris where he copied old masters. In 1792 he traveled to Norway to paint prospects.[3]


After returning home in 1782, he became a more versatile artist. In a number of painting, such as Slaget på Reden (Battle of Copenhagen. 1801) at Danish Museum of National History and Den rædsomste nat (The Awful Night. 1807) at Danish National Gallery, he documented key events from the English Wars between 1801 and 1814. Later in his career he mainly painted portraits, landscapes and scenes from the comedies of Ludvig Holberg (1684–1754).[3]

He was professor at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen from 1803 and until his death in 1828. He followed Nicolai Abildgaard (1743–1809) as the Academy Director from 1809–10. He exercised great influence on the next generation of painters such as Martinus Rørbye (1803–1848) among others.[3][4][5]

See also


  1. Ph. Weilbach. "Lorentzen, Christian August 1749-1828". Dansk biografisk Lexikon. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  2. Kirsten Nannestad. "C.A. Lorentzen". Kunstindeks Danmark & Weilbach Kunstnerleksikon. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  3. Thomas Kappel."C.A. Lorentzen". Den Store Danske, Gyldendal. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  4. Patrick Kragelund. "Nicolai Abildgaard". Kunstindeks Danmark & Weilbach Kunstnerleksikon. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  5. Jens Peter Munk. "Martinus Rørbye". Kunstindeks Danmark & Weilbach Kunstnerleksikon. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
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Preceded by
Nikolaj Abraham Abildgaard
Director of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Succeeded by
Christian Frederik Hansen

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