Gustav Vermehren was born into a creative family and destined to become an artist. His father, Frederik (1823-1910) was an accomplished painter - well admired for his idealised rural scenes that romanticised the working classes.
As a child, Gustav would’ve been taught to draw by his father which surely provided the catalyst for his formal education. It’s interesting to note that throughout his career he stayed true to his father’s style. When confronted with the new freer approach of the French impressionists, he rejected it despite frequent accusations of being old fashioned.
As you can imagine, during the later part of the 19th-century, it became fashionable to adopt a looser brushstroke and flood your canvases with light. Yet Gustav, along with his brother Sophus (1866-1950), remained steadfast to their father’s ideals.
Born in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen.
Works exhibited for the first time at Charlottenborg Palace.
Married Louise Borchsenius (1862-1954).
Won the Academy’s Neuhausen Prize.
Founded a preparatory school with his brother, Sophus, for the Royal Academy of Fine Arts.
Worked as an inspector of the King’s private painting collection.
‘A Picky Row’ acquired by the Danish National Gallery.
Birth of daughter, Ruth Vermehren (1894-1983), who became one of Denmark's first female priests.
Birth of daughter, Esther Marie Vermehren (1897-1933).
Founded the Association for National Art.
Worked as an art critic at the newspaper, Vort Land.
Married Frede Funch-Rasmussen (1882-1933). The couple had four children.
Birth of daughter, Kate Ruth Esther Vermehren (1907-1984).
Birth of daughter Lise Frede Ella Thomasine Vermehren (1913-2003).
Birth of son, Gustav Vermehren (1924-1961). Became part of the Danish Resistance during World War II.
Birth of daughter, Marie Louise Emanuela Laura Vermehren (1926-2016).
Died in Copenhagen, Denmark.