Johannes Wilhelm Zillen
Schleswig, 04-01-1824-Copenhagen, 14-03-1870, Painter
Work place: Denmark
At the Office in Schleswig; Oct. 1845 opt. at Kunstakad. KBH. in 1. Frihåndssk., advanced summer 1846 to Gipssk., left the Academy. Oct. 1847; ARB. in H.W. Bissen's workshop as billedh. from Oct. 1845-47; trained on their own as a painter, among others. in Düsseldorf from 1854-56.
Scholarships and honours:
Charl. Spring 1857-70; Kunstakad., Sth. 1868; North. Dog show. 1872; Rådhusudst., Cph. 1901; Artist foren. of 18. Nov., 1942; 100 Jahre Schleswigscher Malerei (1760-1860), Schleswig-Holstein. Landesmus., Schloss Gottorf 1954.
Wilhelm Zillen was first and foremost a painter, but dealt also with graphics. In addition, he was for a time associated with H.W. Bissen's billedhuggerværk place, where he, among other things. After Chr. VIIIs death worked with the decoration of the King's kata falk and copied several Thorvaldsen works for reproduction in the smaller format, among other things. for Bing's porcelain factory. Zillens paintings bear in iconography and style mark the link with Düsseldorferskolen, and his etchings are also under the influence of contemporary German art. Zillen was, however, also close to the Danish golden age tradition, inter alia. in the color position, when he painted landscapes with abundant fields, animals, peasant in work, life on the farm and market scenes. Some images are pointing with their style finished composition, simplicity in iconography and ro in Figure production towards His Riis-early landscape paintings.