Antique drawing of servant of the Church by Danish painter Axel Johansen.

Antique drawing of servant of the Church by Danish painter Axel Johansen.

I have not been able to identify who the man is but I would definitely think the drawing was drawn when Axel Johansen was in Italy.

The drawing measures 25.5cm x 20.5cm

Not signed or dated.

Axel Johansen (1872-1938) was one of the leading Danish painters of his time and exhibited regularly at the Danish equivalent of the Royal Academy.

He was born in Roskilde Denmark 23rd January 1872. He served his apprenticeship with the then well-known restoration painters: Mollmand & Co. in Copenhagen. It was here that he was recognized as being a very talented artist and craftsman and here he met Professor August Jerndorff one of Denmark's finest painters of the time.

Axel Johansen was asked by Professor Jerndorff to help him with the restoration of the main hall of Copenhagen University. This was to prove very valuable later on in his career.

He later studied at the Royal Art Academy in Copenhagen for four years and from that point never looked back. In 1905 he travelled to Italy, 1912 he was in Germany, and in 1921 he went to Italy again and France.

In 1909 Johansen experimented with coloured cement on "Sonnes Frieze" at Thorvaldsens Museum, Copenhagen. He developed a technique which was to be
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