Constantin Hansen (1804-80), A Group of Danish Artists in Rome, 1837
"The architect Gottlieb Bindesbøll, wearing a bright red fez, reclines in cushioned  ease on a Turkish rug while he regales his friends with travelers’ tales from the East.  A group of the most distinguished Danish artists of the day are gathered in Hansen’s studio in Rome drinking Turkish coffee and puffing at long Turkish pipes while they listen to Bindesbøll’s account of the trip to Greece and Turkey that he and painter Martinus Rørbye had just made.
"The frustration of having to sit in silence while your companion tells the story is conveyed by the way Rørbye, sitting in the doorway, is fiddling with his coffee cup.  Jørgen Sonne perches on the table listening while Albert Küchler and Ditlev Blunck stand on the balcony with Wilhelm Marstrand, the landscape artist, who stares out at the view.  Hansen himself is seated on the far left; he asked Küchler to paint him in his chosen attitude and copied the brilliant portrait provided by his friend into his own picture."
from Biedermeier Painting, Geraldine Norman
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Constantin Hansen (1804-80), A Group of Danish Artists in Rome, 1837

"The architect Gottlieb Bindesbøll, wearing a bright red fez, reclines in cushioned  ease on a Turkish rug while he regales his friends with travelers’ tales from the East.  A group of the most distinguished Danish artists of the day are gathered in Hansen’s studio in Rome drinking Turkish coffee and puffing at long Turkish pipes while they listen to Bindesbøll’s account of the trip to Greece and Turkey that he and painter Martinus Rørbye had just made.

"The frustration of having to sit in silence while your companion tells the story is conveyed by the way Rørbye, sitting in the doorway, is fiddling with his coffee cup.  Jørgen Sonne perches on the table listening while Albert Küchler and Ditlev Blunck stand on the balcony with Wilhelm Marstrand, the landscape artist, who stares out at the view.  Hansen himself is seated on the far left; he asked Küchler to paint him in his chosen attitude and copied the brilliant portrait provided by his friend into his own picture."

from Biedermeier Painting, Geraldine Norman

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