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Danish painter, etcher & printmaker
born 23 May 1834 - died 22 February 1890
Student of: Nicolai Wilhelm Marstrand
Student at: Det Kongelige Danske
Carl Heinrich Bloch was born in Copenhagen and studied with
Wilhelm Marstrand at the Royal Danish Academy of Art there.
Early Carl Heinrich Bloch painting featured
rural scenes from everyday life. From 1859
to 1866, he lived in Italy, and this period was important for the development of
his historical style.
his first great success was the
exhibition of his
Prometheus Unbound in Copenhagen in 1865.
After the death of Marstrand, Carl Heinrich Bloch finished
the decoration of the ceremonial hall at the
University of Copenhagen. Carl Heinrich Bloch was then
commissioned to produce 23 paintings for the Frederiksborg Palace Chapel. These were all
scenes from the life of Christ which have
become very popular as illustrations. The
originals, painted between 1865 and 1879,
are still at Frederiksborg Palace.