Sunset over a Forest LakePeder Mørk Mønsted, 1895

Peder Mørk Mønsted (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

  • When looking at the background of the painting, what did you notice?
  • What three or four words did you use to describe the atmosphere of the painting?
  • When you imagined yourself into the painting what did your fingertips touch?
  • How did you feel about being in the painting?
  • Has your opinion of the painting altered in any way after doing this guided noticing exercise?
  • 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