Hans Andersen Brendekilde (1857 - 1942)
Born Hans Andersen to a poor family in rural Funen. As a boy he worked in the house of a farmer doing handy work. As a young man he was apprenticed to a sculptor in Odense.
Then he studied sculpture at the Royal Danish Academy of Arts in Copenhagen where he became a friend and associate of painter L. A. Ring. In 1881 he also left behind sculpting to take up painting.
Later his style became more religious, and eventually he mostly portrayed idyllic village life.