Kræsten Iversen
Kristen "Kræsten" Iversen (1886–1955) was a Danish artist
Art of Denmark
Danish art goes back thousands of years with significant artifacts from the 2nd millennium BC, such as the Trundholm sun chariot. Art from modern Denmark forms part of the art of the Nordic Bronze Age, and then Norse and Viking art...

 who is remembered both for his paintings and his painted glass windows.

While studying at Copenhagen
Copenhagen is the capital and largest city of Denmark, with an urban population of 1,199,224 and a metropolitan population of 1,930,260 . With the completion of the transnational Øresund Bridge in 2000, Copenhagen has become the centre of the increasingly integrating Øresund Region...

's Technical Academy, he quickly developed contacts with the artists of the day. By 1919, his colourful work was already being successfully exhibited. In 1920, he visited Bornholm
Bornholm is a Danish island in the Baltic Sea located to the east of the rest of Denmark, the south of Sweden, and the north of Poland. The main industries on the island include fishing, arts and crafts like glass making and pottery using locally worked clay, and dairy farming. Tourism is...

 for the first time where the natural colours and distinctive light influenced his landscapes. He thus became one of the Bornholm school of painters
Bornholm school of painters
The Bornholm school of painters started to take shape towards the beginning of the 20th century on the Danish island of Bornholm when a number of artists developed a distinctive style of classic modernism, inspired by the island's unique landscapes and light...


His first work with glass was for the church in Risskov
Risskov is one of the most affluent areas in Denmark, and a district to the city of Aarhus. The name literally means The Forest of Riis, as described on the memorial stone marking the entrance to the area.-Origin of name and history of Riis Skov:...

. Iversen also designed the window in the North Chapel at Fårevejle Church. He went on to decorate the windows of the Danish church in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
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He decorated a number of other buildings including Christiansborg, the city hall in Aarhus
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 and the windows of Sankt Nikolaj's church in Svendborg
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Iversen was exceptionally diversified in his art work which covered oils, frescos, watercolours, mosaics and glass painting.

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