With the holidays soon upon us, this wonderful original drawing is so apropos. The detail is wonderful, as it is with all of Steffensen's works. We have translated the title, and it is "A Christmas Trip." A wagon pulled by two horses, with the passenger looking out the window to talk with one of the drivers. The snow is artfully done; with it being clearly snowing but without blurring any of the details. This unpretentious genre scene has been executed in a highly detailed, precise realist style reflecting the classic academy tradition. (They are characterized by the careful light and shade producing a convincing illusion of three-dimensional volume of the figures and also the skillful depictions of details.)
The drawing is signed and executed by Poul Steffensen (1866-1923), a well-listed Danish artist. He was a pupil of C.N Overgaard, 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, sheep or horses. His animals are always adding a premium to his work. 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.
Country of Origin: Denmark.
Title: "A Christmas Trip"
Medium: Pen, watercolor and ink on paper.
Signed/Dated: 1909 On the reverse.
Size: The drawing is placed on mat of A4 format. The drawing itself is 6 5/8 by 7 1/8 inches; the mat is 11 1/2 by 8 1/4 inches.
Condition: This unframed drawing is in Very Good Antique Condition, with slight yellowing of the paper.
This drawing came from a private collection of illustrations for books and magazines by Poul Steffensen.
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Poul Steffensen (Danish 1866-1923) "A Christmas Trip" - Original Signed/Dated Antique Pen, Watercolor and Ink Drawing. c. 1909