Knud Erik Edsberg
Knud Erik Edsberg (1911-2003)
Knud Edsberg was born to humble
Edsberg continued painting through his
adolescence and was introduced to Laurits Tuxen, a very prominent,
well-respected artist known especially for his classical training and techniques,
and for his royal crown-head portraits around
Edsberg, strong in his convictions to paint like the masters before him, began his own training by studying the palettes, techniques and styles of his idols: Rembrandt, Titian, Carl Bloch, P. S. Kroyer and Anders Zorn. Although his favored style was that of the old European masters, he had a love for the Early Impressionist’s emphasis on color and light. This is evident in many of his genre paintings executed in "plein air", or in the outside environment as opposed to studio painting after sketches. Edsberg’s thought on his generation compared to that of his idols was: “I was born fifty years too late.” He wished for the chance to be among those he revered, and yearned for the age before landscape-altering industrialization when everyday scenery was picturesque.
The 1950’s and on brought Edsberg commissions
for one of the legacies he would leave behind: portraits. In a time when people
of significance still wanted to be recognized by portrayal, he was one of the
most preferred portraitists. The historic Carlsberg Brewery in
As the Arts were always a part of Edsberg’s life, it integrated into his son’s life as well. Knud began teaching his son Soren proficiency in drawing, color and light at a very young age. It was during the 1960’s, however, that father and son were involved in a more structured training. Although his early works were very similar to his father’s, Soren would later make his own, unique mark in the art world.
Another of Edsberg’s legacies includes his
beloved genre paintings of old Danish rural scenes and countryside landscapes.
His rural scenes portrayed the everyday lives of everyday people. Just as the
masters before him modeled after friends and family, he too used his family and
friends (especially his two children Soren and Gitte). Edsberg spent many of
his summers at a friend’s large farm in
Finally, Edsberg’s legacy left for all who
knew him personally, and through his art, is a legacy of kindness, generosity
and a love for all things good and beautiful. He had a great love of the Arts,
science, mathematics, physics and history. However, it was his deep faith that
led him to choose the path along life which he followed. As his faith stayed
with him until his death, so did his love for painting. He died of age-related
Today, his paintings hang in private and public
Biography by permission of the family.