Theodor Philipsen (1840-1920) is considered Denmark’s Impressionist. Despite his nationality, he belongs to a school of art that experienced its break-through in French painting in the 1870s with artists such as Claude Monet. Philipsen became interested in the style in the 1880s, and it is displayed in his painting in the aforementioned and the following decade. It was a determining factor for his Impressionism that he got to know the French painter Paul Gauguin, who in the beginning of the 1880s exhibited together with the Impressionists.
Philipsen’s Impressionism can be seen in a long line of paintings with strong light and colours, which were mainly made on Saltholm and around Kastrup on Amager, where he lived. Ordrupgaard presented about 45 of these key works from the artist’s entire oeuvre.