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MONIES, DAVID:

Danish portrait and genre painter; born in Copenhagen June 3, 1812; died there April 29, 1894. He was admitted to the school of the Academy of Arts in 1824, and was twice (1827 and 1832) awarded silver medals for meritorious work. In 1830 he began painting, producing and exhibiting portraits of eminent contemporaries.

In 1833 Monies produced "En Kunstner som spöger med en Bondepige." In 1835 he went to Munich, and in the following year 400 rix-dollars per annum was awarded to him from the public funds to enable him to continue his studies abroad. In 1848 he was elected a member of the Danish Academy of Arts, and in 1859 he received the title of professor. Among other paintings by Monies, the following may be mentioned: "To Börn ved et Vandlöb," 1838; "Erindring fra Danseboden," 1849; "Konfirmanden"; "Pengebrevet"; "En Skovtur" (in the royal gallery at Copenhagen). Monies essayed also historical painting, and his "Episode af Troppernes Hjemkomst," 1850, vividly expresses the feeling of joy mingled with sadness which animated the Danish people on the occasion of the home-coming of the troops after the Three Years' war. This painting is in the museum in Frederiksborg Castle. Monies was less fortunate in the large pictures in which he depicted scenes from the history of the Jewish people.

Bibliography:
  • C. F. Bricka, Dansk Biografisk Lexicon;
  • Weilbach, Nyt Kunstnerlexicon.
S. F. C.
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