L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Portrait of a Young Danish Naval Officer, by Bernard Axel Bendixen, 1841

Bernard "Benny" Axel Bendixen (10 May 1810, Copenhagen - 24 May 1877, Hamburg ), Danish painter, lithographer, and photographer.  He studied at the Art Academy in Copenhagen, but left Denmark in 1840.  After travelling in Sweden and Germany, he settled in Hamburg, where he married and became well known as a portrait painter.


  1. I love how it's nearly mannerist - naive but also highly sophisticated -the long lean line of the body, the incredible detail on the uniform and sword. Brilliant and graphic.

    1. "Naive but also highly sophisticated" - exactly. That's the sort of thing I find so appealing about so many of the paintings that I post. There's a kind of tension that those seemingly opposed attributes give to the work that I think gives it tremendous energy.

      And I always love your very observant and informed comments, Stefan! : )