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Elisabeth Jerichau Baumann

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The story of a Polish, German and Danish woman

Elisabeth Jerichau Baumann was a Polish/German-Danish artist and author. Jerichau Baumann was born in 1819 in the Polish metropolis, Warsaw. She died in 1881 in Copenhagen, but before that she made herself known in the artistic world. Jerichau Baumann was already getting interested in art at a young age, and from 1838-1845 she studied in German Düsseldorf. Here, she had the opportunity to study at one of the most prestigious and influential art centers in Europe – this was despite the fact that the center did not otherwise teach women. The year after graduating in Düsseldorf, she was part of a German artist colony where she met the Danish sculptor, Jens Adolf Jerichau. The two soon began to develop an interest in each other, ad not long time went by before they got married, hence her name Jerichau. Shortly after marriage, she learned Danish and traveled to Copenhagen by herself. A few years later, when her spouse was appointed professor of sculpture, they applied for a permanent residence permit in Denmark. The couple has a total of nine children, even though they spent as much time apart as they did together. In line with marriage and family growth, Jerichau Baumann’s thoughts on art were slightly shelved, but again in 1861 she became a member of the Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and Stockholm. Here she spent the rest of her years studying and inspiring art and art culture.

The presence of romance

As can be seen in several of Jerichau Baumann’s painting posters here at Permild & Rosengreen, they are typical of her contemporary time. Romanticism characterized the artistic world at that time, and her posters are for that reason characterized by romanticized and positivistic motifs. Emphasis is placed on joyful emotions and warm shades that give the impression of a romantic, idyllic world. See, for example, her poster called “AN EGYPTIAN FALLAH WOMAN WITH HER CHILD” where a mother sits and smiles down at her child as she shadows the child before the sun. Next to the woman and child there is some fruit and the child’s body language indicates satisfaction – all signs of idyll and well-being. Embrace the idyll of the poster using one of our fine wooden frames. For example, a dark oak frame will contrast nicely with the light shades on the poster.