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Sally Philipsen 1878-1936
Son of a noted Danish painter, Sally Philipsen studied at the technical school in Copenhagen and later at the Danish Royal Academy of arts in 1896 where he was a pupil of Frants Henningsen and Otto Bache. Philipsen began his carrier as a portrait artist and was highly inspired by Rembrandt’s colour use and settings. He experienced a ‘conversion’ to impressionism following a visit to Paris in 1910 and worked in this style until his death in 1936. Philipsen travelled many times to Italy and Paris and made other journeys to Germany, Holland and Sweden. From 1919-1936 he lived at the harbour village of Dragör and also stayed with the artist Sven Schou at his home near Mariager Fjord. The beauty and special lights of the Fjord also attracted many other artists like, Einar Olsen, Henrik Schouboe, Aage Lönborg-Jensen and Lauritz Mikkelsen who all stayed in the same house and frequently worked together during the long summers. Philipsen was also a great art collector and purchased many works during his travels including a large number of works by French masters and Chinese and African antiques.
Exhibitions: Charlottenborg: 1902-1937. – The artists Fall exhibition: 1904-1911. – Axelborg: 1922. - Gallery Bach: 1931-32, 1934 and 1973.
His work is featured in Copenhagen Bymuseum and Roskilde Museum and his oils have regularly fetched 4-figure sums at auction.
This work is a particularly fine example from his Charlottenborg 1916 exhibition, no. 4 from that exhibition, with remains of label verso.