Summer LandscapePeder Mørk Mønsted, 1911

Peder Monsted (1859-1941) was a Danish painter using a realistic style of working, best known for his landscape paintings. He was the son of a well-to-do ship builder and studied art at a local school and then at the Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts. At the age of 24 he travelled to Capri and Rome, then took up work for an established studio in Paris. He travelled widely in his 30s, to Algeria, Greece, Egypt and Spain, producing numerous sketches that became oil paintings. However most of his energies were given to paintings of Scandinavia and these were particularly popular in Germany. His work is now mainly in private collections.


Peder Mørk Mønsted [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Wrap Up Your Painting

  • In what way, if any, did this guided noticing activity add to your original impressions of the painting?
  • What was it like to remove the people from the painting?
  • Did you think the people were central to or incidental to the painting?
  • Did you want to be in the painting with the other people? Why did you feel that way?
  • How do you feel now you’ve completed this activity? If you enjoyed it, why not add more Look at Paintings audio guides to your week? And don’t forget, you can take these guides with you to your local gallery and try them whilst standing in front of ‘real life’ art

Wrap Up Your Painting

  • What temperature did you think it was in the hayfield?
  • What sounds did you imagine you could hear as you stood on the river bank?
  • Where were you going in your boat and who were you with, or were you alone?
  • Do you feel differently about the painting at the end of this activity than you did at the beginning?
  • Did this activity help you to slow down, take time out?  If you enjoyed it, why not try more listening guides and make them a part of your week?