Carl Stilling

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Carl Stilling: Landscape (oil on canvas) 1919

Carl Stilling (born September 24, 1874 in Copenhagen , † January 27, 1938 in Rungsted ) was a Danish painter. Landscape painting formed the focus of his work. His work was influenced by naturalism and impressionism .


He was the son of the Danish architect Harald Stilling. In 1899 he married Ellen Sophie Zwergius Andersen in Århus , the daughter of a chief physician and later medical officer.

Carl Stilling studied from 1893 to 1906 at the Art Academy in Copenhagen , in 1899 he studied at the Art Academy in Florence . In Copenhagen, Stilling was also a private student of Axel Theophilus Helsted.

Since 1902 Stilling exhibited regularly in Charlottenborg Palace in Copenhagen, the seat of the local art academy. In 1917 he took part in a large group exhibition at the Kunstverein Kolding.

Stilling went on numerous trips that gave him essential impulses for his artistic work as a landscape painter. They took him to the Netherlands several times before the outbreak of the First World War (1899 including Belgium, 1904, 1914). His preferred travel destination was France, which he visited in 1899, 1911 (Paris), 1921 (Brittany), 1924, 1926 and 1927 (southern France) and 1928 (Corsica). Germany was the artist's destination in 1910 (Harz) and again in 1929, he traveled to Switzerland in 1909. He visited Italy in 1899, 1929, 1931 (Venice) and 1933.


Stilling's preferred motif were Danish landscapes. He particularly valued the North Sea coast. On his travels abroad, however, Stilling also found many landscape motifs. Portraits and genre scenes are further focal points. His factory scenes should be emphasized, which reflect the belief in progress of the people around the turn of the 20th century and, in contrast to other artists and writers of the time, dispense with social criticism. Several copies of paintings by Rembrandt and Frans Hals have also survived from Stilling .

Carl Stilling: The Forge, oil on canvas, 1909 (Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin)


  • Hans Vollmer : General Lexicon of Fine Artists of the 20th Century , Vol. 4, Reprint, Leipzig 1999, p. 363.
  • Vera Rasmussen: Carl Stilling. In: Danmarks Kunstindeks & Weilbachs Kunstnerleksikon , .