(Kiel 1803 - Frederiksvaerk 1892)
Artist's house near Charlottenlund
Oil on paper mounted on canvas
H. 54 cm ; L. 52 cm
Signed lower left
Buntzen began his apprenticeship with the Bünsow brothers in his native Kiel, before moving to the Danish capital at the age of eighteen. There, he attended the Royal Academy of Fine Arts with the masters of the day, Lund and Moller, and exhibited for the first time at Charlottenborg in 1824. The royal family and the Academy regularly purchased his works from 1830 onwards. A few years later, he moved with his wife to a small house outside Charlottenlund, which he painted in our picture.
He spent several periods in Italy thanks to travel grants obtained in Denmark, and on his final return in 1842, became a professor at the Academy.
Our oil on paper, with its unmistakably Danish spirit, focuses on one detail: the gate closing the access to the artist's house. Are we on the side of the chicken coop, since very little grass seems to remain in the area? The trees, so present in Buntzen's work, take pride of place here, overshadowing the original subject, which is the wooden house. The latter shows us a few small elements of its popular architecture.