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Carl Bloch Danish Master

By William M. Martin

You might not be aware of Carl Heinrich Bloch, but you have likely seen examples of his art work. He was a Danish artist born in Copenhagen where he studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Art. He produced a number of collections depicting scenes from the life of Christ from the New Testament. Some of his work is on display at the University of Copenhagen and others are in chapels throughout Denmark and Sweden.

After departing Copenhagen and through his early career Bloch traveled to Italy, France and Holland and went on with his studies. During this time he used Rome as his base of operations. There he evolved his academic style of painting and created numerous fine paintings. His Italian paintings developed a great interest in him and he shot to popularity during this time period.

While in Holland, Bloch came in contact with the work of Dutch master Rembrandt Van Rijn. Rembrandt is known to have influenced many other artists, which made a profound impact on Bloch. He became the grounds for how Bloch chose to compose a great deal of his future work.

Bloch’s first accomplishment was his exhibit of “Prometheus Unbound” but his most famous paintings are taken straight from bible verses. It is stated that these paintings appear to come to life in their depiction of moments out of the Bible. Some examples are scenes painted for the University of Copenhagen ceremony hall. The University has got the complete works he utilized to help create these paintings.

One more reason why Carl Heinrich Bloch is widely known is because of the colors and excellence of the art that he created. The range of scenes, the appearance, and feel of his biblical scenes allow you to be drawn into each piece. His art capable of producing a great emotional reaction within the viewer. Carl Heinrich Bloch?s art is so realistic it is often referred to as living works of art.

In 1865 he was commissioned to create twenty three painting depicting the life of Christ for the Chapel at Frederiksborg Palace. They were to replace earlier works destroyed by fire. He worked tirelessly on these for the next fourteen years and they are his legacy to the art world. Most of the paintings are taken right from the New Testament. “The Woman at the Well”, “Jesus Tempted”, and “Christ in Gethsemane” are just some of the paintings created for this project.

Today Bloch is well known around the world mainly through the media of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They spread the Mormon gospel through television advertising, print ads, along with other types of advertising. Due to its quality, beauty and accurate depiction of Bible scenes Bloch’s artwork has been used in a great many of their commercials and in their literature. Those who have received their literature or seen a print ad might not have known who created the work, but they recognize it immediately.

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