View from the Embankment of Lake Sortendam
Købke, View from the Embankment of Lake Sortendam
When Købke’s Lake Sortendam was exhibited in 1839, one Danish critic objected to his choice of subject:
“In almost all his latest work this artist has distinguished himself by conscientious truth and simplicity, but unfortunately also by a conspicuous indifference to his choice of subjects; the latter is highly regrettable as nature possesses much that is dull and ignoble which cannot serve as a worth object for art.”
Anonymous reviewer in Portefeuillen (5 May 1939); translated and cited in David Jackson, Christien Købke, Danish Master of Light. Exhibition catalogue (Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland, 2010), p. 82.