Melbye, Vilhelm (1824-1882)

Artist Description

Elsinore, 14-05-1824-Roskilde, 06-10-1882, painter

Nationality: Danish

Company: Denmark


Trading lessons; a pupil of his brother Anton Melbye; Kunstakad. KBH. 1844-47; perspective under Impr. (Carl Dahl).

Travel and stay abroad:

London; Iceland 1847; Düsseldorff and Paris 1848-49; London, France, Spain, Portugal, North Africa 1851-53; residing in London ca. 1853-66.

Exhibitions (inter alia):

Charl. Spring 1847-51, 1856, 1862-63, 1868-76, 1878-81, 1883; Konstakad., Sth. 1850, 1870; North. Kunstudst., Cph. 1872, 1882; Expo., Paris 1878; Artist foren. of 18. Nov. 1882, 1942; Rådhusudst., Cph. 1901; Bergen 1914.


Vilhelm Melbye was as a young man employed in a trading house in Copenhagen and was thus a similar work in London. He left the square and traveled back to Copenhagen. A time he earned his living as a language and writing teacher, before he was admitted to the Royal Danish Academy of art. Melbye's early images are designs from until his 91st Elsinore, prospectuses from the channel and from the small fishing villages around the city. A breakthrough for him as a marine painter was Christian VIIIs purchases A Danish pilot vessel in turbulent weather. In the background Kullen. In 1847, he was given the opportunity to get on the voyage to Iceland with the Corvette Die Walküre. His observations of the sea in changing weather he enshrined in numerous sketches. Before Melbye in 1848 joined his trip abroad he painted in Skagen. Like his brother, he chose to let themselves be further training through the stay in Germany and later Paris, where he was a pupil of the painter Théodore Gudin, known for his dramatic søstykker. Since he earned his success as a marine painter in London, where he was residing for a number of years, after which he settled in his wife's hometown, Roskilde. M represents the same romantic genre of dramatic effects as marine brother Anton Melbye Both in paint and motivmæssigt was he this way near the Eddystone Lighthouse, which, painted so the brother had previously given, but he had not the same technical skill and strength in the expression.

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