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Eilif Peterssen, 1852-1928

Nationality: Norwegian
Date of Birth: 1852.09.04
Place of Birth: Christiania
Date of Death: 1928.12.29
Place of Death: Lysaker


Eilif Peterssen was a Norwegian painter of landscape, historical and biblical subjects.


He studied at the Karlsruhe Academy (1871-3) and the Munich Academie (1873-75). While in Munich he studied the Old Masters but he was also much influenced by the realism, drama and light effects of German history painting. He also travelled widely in Italy where he painted a number of modern life subjects. During the 1880s, he returned to Norway and settled in Christiania (now Oslo) where he focussed on portraits and dreamy landscapes. He was a patron of the Venice International Exhibition in 1897.


Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 8 vols, 1956-61; Osby, L. '(Hjalmar) Eilif (Emanuel) Peterssen,' Grove Dictionary of Art Online, (accessed August 2004).