This drawing is signed and executed by Poul Steffensen (1866-1923), a well-listed Danish artist. His work is characterized by the careful light and shade producing a convincing illusion of three-dimensional volume of the figures and also the skillful and highly detailed depiction of various fabrics and materials. The subject matter, an adorable teddy bear in a frosty letter J, is charming. This might have been created for the drawing with the banner, since that was marked Julesang. Just my thought. (All of my Steffensen drawings are from the same collection of 96 pieces that I purchased some years ago.)
Medium: The drawing is pen and ink on paper.
Size: 6 and 1/8 inches tall x 4 inches wide. The drawing has A4 format.
Condition: The drawing is in Very Good Condition but with slight yellowing of the paper.
Poul Steffensen was a pupil of C.N Overgaard. He studied at the Royal Art Academy in 1887 where he was a pupil of F. Vermehren, Julius Exner and Carl Bloch.
Steffensen worked primarily with landscapes and animal scenes. He is best known for his series of realistic and detailed landscapes with cattle or horses. Steffensen was also an excellent illustrator and did the illustrations for the history novels by the authors Carl Etlars and B.S Ingemann.
He participated in the following exhibitions: Charlottenborg: 1892-1922, The artists fall exhibition: 1904, Art union: 1923, Gallery Bergenholz: 1920.
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