Axel Søeborg

Interior Scene With Priest Reading

Axel Søeborg

Interior Scene With Priest Reading

This early 20th-century oil painting by Danish artist Axel Søeborg (1872-1939) depicts a priest reading the bible within an interior.


Imagine you’re the priest, a man of faith and routine in equal measure. Every morning, you move a dining chair to your favourite spot by the window and read the gospel. On this day in November, the view across the lake shimmers with a silvery light as the distant firs stand motionless. These are the moments you treasure, they ground you amid an ever-advancing world, seemingly more complex than its ever been.

Several years previous, your wife passed, but the mantel clock continues to chime as it always has.


Axel Søeborg was an outsider. He produced an interesting body of work including introspective self-portraits, greyish landscapes and quiet interior scenes. It seems he was forever searching and lived in various locations including Småland and Lapland. For his self-portraits, he was known to create a sense of drama by using a candle placed upon a palette.

Søeborg trained at Sophus and Gustav Vermehren’s drawing school and later at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen. Also under Laurits Tuxen and Peter Alfred Schou.

Signed lower left and held within a gilt frame with coved sides, probably original.

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Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 31” x 31” / 79cm x 79cm
Year of creation: c. 1915
Condition: Artwork presents well. Areas of craquelure but the paint is stable. Frame with some light wear.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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