Bornholm school of painters

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Bastions, Christianso (1921)
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Bastions, Christiansø (1921)
Karl Isakson
Postbaden kommer. Christianso (1920)
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Postbåden kommer. Christiansø (1920)
Edvard Weie

The Bornholm school of painters (Bornholmerskolen) started to take shape towards the beginning of the 20th century on the Danish island of Bornholm when a number of artists developed a distinctive style of classic modernism, inspired by the island's unique landscapes and light. It was not characterized by a uniform artistic line, but rather by its experiments with color, abstraction and cubism. [1]

Bornholm Danish island

Bornholm is a Danish island in the Baltic Sea, to the east of the rest of Denmark, south of Sweden, northeast of Germany and north of the westernmost part of Poland. Occupying an area of 588.36 square kilometres (227.17 sq mi), the island had a total population on 1 January 2019 of 39,572.


By the end of the 19th century, artists such as Otto Haslund had taken inspiration on the island. In the early 1900s, Karl Isakson (1878-1922) and Edvard Weie (1879-1943) were among those who were inspired by the island's constantly changing natural beauty, using pure, subdued colour to produce work in new aesthetic directions. They were soon joined by other Danish artists including Oluf Høst (1884-1966), Olaf Rude (1886-1957), Kræsten Iversen (1886-1955) and Niels Lergaard (1893-1982), [2] [3] [4]

Otto Haslund Danish artist

Carl Otto Bentzon Haslund was a Danish painter. He is remembered in particular for his paintings of animals and children.

Karl Isakson painter

Karl Oscar Isakson was a Swedish painter who spent much of his professional life in Denmark where he is considered to be one of the fathers of Modernism. He had close associations with the Bornholm school of painters and made many paintings of Christiansø. He is cited as an artist who "sought to give their Biblical works a modern social and political context."

Edvard Weie Danish painter

Viggo Thorvald Edvard Weie was a Danish Modernist painter.

They lived mainly in the picturesque little ports of Gudhjem and Svaneke on the northern coast, adventuring at times over to the small island of Christiansø where they found further seclusion and inspiration. [5]

Gudhjem Village in Capital, Denmark

Gudhjem is a small town and fishing port on the northern coast of the Baltic island of Bornholm, Denmark. Its population is 715.

Svaneke Town in Capital, Denmark

Svaneke is a small town on the eastern coast of the Baltic island of Bornholm, Denmark. It lies mainly in Svaneke parish and partly in Ibsker parish.

Many of the works of the Bornholm School can be seen in the Bornholm Art Museum (Bornholms Kunstmuseum) near Gudhjem and in the Oluf Høst Museum at Gudhjem.

Bornholm Art Museum Art museum in Bornholm, Denmark

The Bornholm Art Museum is situated on the Danish island of Bornholm, above the Sanctuary Rocks (Helligdomsklipperne) about 6 kilometres north-west of Gudhjem. The building was constructed in 1993 and enlarged in 2003. The museum's permanent collection consists principally of paintings by artists with connections to Bornholm from the early 19th century to the present day. Special attention is given to the Bornholm school of painters which emerged at the beginning of the last century when a number of modernists, attracted to picturesque Bornholm and the tiny island of Christiansø, painted landscapes and local nature.

Oluf Høst Museum Art Gallery in Bornholm, Denmark

The Oluf Høst Museum is located on Løkkegade Street in Gudhjem on the Danish island of Bornholm. It is dedicated to Oluf Høst (1884–1966), one of the island's most famous artists, and includes an exhibition of some of his paintings. It was established in 1998 by converting Høst's old house where he lived and painted from 1929 until his death in 1966, and where he created most of his paintings around the Nordic theme of light and landscape. Selsø is situated at an elevation of 19 meters.

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