Carl Frederick Sørensen

A Three-Masted Frigate off Capri


Oil on canvas


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Carl Frederick Sørensen (Danish, 1818-1879).

This work is offered in a custom-made carved giltwood frame by Stephen Motyka of Rhode Island.

A serene marine painting from the artist’s late period, showing both his unerring compositional sense and his mastery of light and perspective.

In 1848, Sorensen was commissioned by the Danish government as the official naval artist to accompany the Royal Danish Navy on an official tour of the Mediterranean and to make a series of studies of the trip. The inspiration that Sorensen derived from this expedition led him to return to Capri every summer for the remainder of his life, and also inaugurated his career as Denmark’s preeminent marine painter. Sorensen received many honors and awards during his lifetime and his work can be found in the permanent collections of museums worldwide, including a substantial collection at the Royal Naval Museum, Copenhagen.

Height: 16 inches / 40.64 cm
Width: 24 inches / 60.96 cm
Depth: 1 inches / 2.54 cm
Frame Height: 24 inches / 60.96 cm
Frame Width: 31.75 inches / 80.64 cm
Frame Depth: 3.25 inches / 8.26 cm

Inscribed 'Carl Sorensen' lower right; dated 1863


Benezit, Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs, Vol. 13, p. 35-36

Thieme-Becker, Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Kunstler, Vollmer Supplement, Vol. 31, p. 208

Mallett’s Index of Artists, Daniel Trowbridge Mallett, New York, 1948, p. 413

Weilbach, Dansk Kunstnerleksikon; Davenport’s Art Reference Guide, 2007/8 Edition, p. 1908; et al.

Condition Report

This work is in overall very good condition.

Minor craquelure commensurate to age.

Minor restoration to both painting and frame.

Art Period
19th Century
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