Harald Slott-Moller (Danish 1864-1937)
Nude Woman Bathing
oil on canvas, signed and dated lower right "1900 Harald Slott-Moller"
Size: 18 ¼ x 12 in (with frame 23 ¼ x 16 ½ in)
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Harald Slott-Mӧller, a leader in Danish painting and decorative arts and a founding member of the Free Exhibitions, experienced a meteoric success in the 1880’s as a Naturalistic painter.

Slott-Mӧller attended Copenhagen’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts from 1881 to 1883. Dissatisfied with the academy’s conservatism, he entered the Artist’s Study School and left three years later as Peder Severin Kroyer’s leading student. Following the Great Northern Exhibition in Copenhagen in 1888, he was hailed as the leading Naturalist painter of his generation.

In May of 1888, Slott-Mӧller married Agnes Rambusch (1862-1937), a fellow artist from Kroyer’s school. They travelled together in Italy and he became absorbed in the spiritual qualities he perceived in Italian art.

In the 1890’s Slott-Mӧller was a sought-after portraitist and a strong proponent of the Neo-Romantic artisans’ movement, engaging in book-binding, wall decoration, jewelry design, ceramics and furniture decoration. After 1910, the Slott-Mӧllers isolated themselves personally and artistically, continuing to paint in a Pre-Raphaelite-derived style until their deaths in 1937.