This charming original signed drawing became the cover of a Danish "Comedy Book". There is something quite appealing about the naive depiction of a young ballerina and an obviously adoring clown. This drawing came from a private collection of illustrations for books and magazines by the noted and well-listed Danish artist Poul Steffensen that I purchased many years ago. His style was highly detailed, with a romantic effect at times. (More about the artist at the end of the listing).
Country of Origin: Denmark.
Medium: Pen, watercolor and ink on paper.
Title: "Comedy Book" - Cover ("Konediebogen" - Omslag)
Signed and dated: Initialed and dated "PSt 15" Lower Left.
Size: The drawing is placed on a mat of A4 format. The drawing itself is 5 by 6 1/2 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.
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 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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