Peder Mork Monsted was born in the eastern part of Denmark on the Jutland Peninsula, the son of a wealthy shipbuilder. As a child, he attended drawing lessons at the Art School in Aarhus, and later moved to Copenhagen.
In 1875-1879 he studied at the Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts under the guidance of landscape and portrait painter Andries Fritz and master of genre painting Julius Exner.
THIS IS MY VILLAGE, THIS IS MY HOME
Then, Mønsted took a course at the school of Peter Severin Kroer, and later moved to Paris, where he studied in the workshop of one of the most popular painters of his time, Adolphe William Bouguereau.
In 1882 he visited Rome and the island of Capri, where he was captivated by the beauty and brightness of the colors of the Mediterranean landscape.
During his long career, P. Mønsted traveled extensively, often visiting Switzerland, Italy, North Africa, and Greece, where he was a guest of the royal family and painted their portraits for a year.
From the beginning of the 20th century until his death P. Mønsted was one of the most popular and wealthy painters. He enjoyed particular popularity in Germany among the Munich public.
Peder Mork Monsted (Peder Mørk Mønsted; December 10, 1859, Balle Mølle near Greno – June 20, 1941, Fredensborg) is a famous Danish realist painter, a recognized master of landscape, a representative of the “golden age” of Danish painting.