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Saturday 2 August 2014

Danish royal portrait likened to a 'creepy horror film poster'

Denise Calnan

Published 20/11/2013|08:21

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Artist Thomas Kluge’s portrait of the Danish Royal Family has been described as a creepy, Gothic, shadowy horror film poster. Click to see a bigger version of the photo

It’s not the first royal portrait that’s caused controversy but it’s probably the first that’s been likened to a horror flick.

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Artist Thomas Kluge’s portrait of the Danish Royal Family has been described as a creepy, Gothic, shadowy horror film poster.

The focus of the piece is Prince Christian, second in line to the Danish throne, as he is surrounded by three generations of royals, all in everyday clothing.

The aim was to depict a modern family that are a part of royal history.

“The present and future monarchs, H.M. the Queen, T.R.H. the Crown Prince and Prince Christian, all make eye contact with us, while their family members are portrayed in their own universe, unprovoked by the gaze of the spectator,” the Danish Royal Collection have said.

“The children are at play with the exception of the upright and severe Prince Christian who seems aware of his future responsibilities.”

Kluge's art is often referred to as “a kind of magic realism".

New mum Kate Middleton's portrait was criticised for making her look older than her 30 years.

The portrait features Queen Margrethe II and Henrik sitting behind their grandson and the Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary holding their twin son and daughter, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine.

Prince Joachim and Princess Marie are on the right side of the couch, with their daughter Princess Athena. Their son, Prince Henrik, crawls beside his older cousin.

British royal Kate Middleton’s royal portrait also caused controversy in 2012 as Paul Emsley’s work was criticised for making her look older than her years.

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