Carl Frederik Sørensen

Carl Frederik Sørensen photographed by Jens Petersen

Carl Frederik Sørensen (8 February 1818, Besser, Samsø – 24 January 1879, Copenhagen) was a Danish artist who specialized in marine painting. His paintings not only attracted customers in Denmark but also in the courts of St Petersburg, London and Athens.[1]


Sørensen attended the Danish Academy from 1843 to 1846. He took part in the decoration of the Thorvaldsen Museum in 1844. He studied perspective under Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg at the end of 1845. In 1846, he travelled to the Mediterranean, in 1853–54 he visited Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and England. Almost every year he went on sea voyages. He took a special interest in the weather and its effects on the sea, developing his own recognizable style. He also painted more idyllic scenes, full of charm and atmosphere. His seascapes won him widespread popularity, especially those he painted under the First Schleswig War when he sailed with the Navy around Helgoland (1849) and in the Baltic (1850) where he depicted the Danish fleet in combat.[2][3]

Selected works

Carl Frederik Sørensen: Sailing Ships in the Strait South of Kronborg (1857)


  1. "C.F. Sørensen", Den Store Danske. (Danish) Retrieved 26 May 2011.
  2. "C.F. Sørensen", Weilbacks Kunstindeks. (Danish) Retrieved 26 May 2011.
  3. "C. W. Eckersberg og hans elever", Statens Museum for Kunst, 1983, p. 131. (Danish)
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