The Danish painter, Carl Frederic Aagaard, was born in Odense, Denmark, in 1833.
He studied art with his brother, who went on to become a celebrated glass engraver. On completing his studies he worked with an artist by the name of Hilker, a decorative painter, and the pair collaborated on works at several universities and other public monuments.
His decorative painting became very well known in Denmark, and Aagaard was commissioned to paint the chapel of King Christian IV. During this time he worked with the landscape painter, Peter-Kristian Skoovgaard, and was encouraged to spend more time painting on canvas. He exhibited for the first time in 1857.
Aagaard travelled a great deal to expand his artistic experience, including trips to Switzerland and Germany in 1869. He died in 1895, secure in his position as one of Denmark's greatest ever painters.