Around 1880 Carl Jacobsen started buying contemporaneous French art. This was done on the spot, in the teeming Parisian art-life, and thus a cornerstone of the Glyptoteks´s modern collection was laid down. These first purchases have later been supplied, i.e. through Helge Jacobsen´s 1923 acquisition of substantial parts of the Ordrupgaard collection.
This volume of the NCG catalogues comprises the diverse field of 19th century painting. Specimens of the most important and popular artistic trends of the era are represented here, including works by Salon painters held in high esteem by Carl Jacobsen. Names like David, Corot, Delacroix, Courbet, Millet and Rousseau mark out the span of collection complementing the main area of the modern department, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.