Frederik Rohde, Rural Scene With Chickens

Frederik Rohde, Rural Scene With Chickens

A fine mid-19th-century oil painting depicting a rural scene with chickens, buildings and figures by Danish golden age painter, Frederik Rohde (1816-1886).

Rohde’s treatment of light here is sublime. Note how he’s lit the indent on the right-hand side of the building along with the track beyond the figure. This technique gives the scene depth and pulls us closer towards it. The composition is also beautifully balanced even though the track is uneven and heading upwards.

Frederik Rohde trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and remains highly regarded for his exquisite landscapes. There’s a chance that this particular piece was created during a trip to Italy in the 1860s. The architecture and scenery are reminiscent of his other works from this period.

Rohde is also known for training the great Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916) during the early part of his life.

The painting is monogrammed in the lower left and housed within a period frame.

Learn more about Frederik Rohde in our directory.

Medium: Oil on canvas laid on board
Overall size: 18” x 14½” / 45cm x 37cm
Year of creation: c. 1865
Provenance: Denmark
Condition: Very presentable. Frame with some age-related wear.
Artist’s auction highlight: £5,510 achieved for ‘Udsigt mod Joenstrup Seminarium’ in 2004.

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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