Educated Royal academy of arts in 1892. Attended the school of Zahrtmann from 1895-1904. Attended the academy in Dresden, Germany from 1896-1897. Wandel was a true enfant terrible in Danish art industry. He constantly fourth with his teacher, Kristan Zahrtmann and finally left his school since he felt his works were to criticized. At the academy in Dresden, Wandel went back to the basics where he studied and copied the old masters like Rembrandt and Titan. This experience later played an important role in the carrier of Wandel as he moved on to experiment with early modernism from 1907. The modern works of Wandel were like a continuation of the old masters. The form and movement were as traditional as the masters but the coloUrs and lights were vibrant with a mixture of German Expressionism and Nordic Impressionism. Wandel worked as a teacher for females at the Royal academy from 1908-1919. But in 1920 Wandel was selected and given the esteemed title as professor among several elder and respected artists. This caused a great uproar and many of the other professors and pupils refused to have anything to do with Wandel. Luckily with time, Wandel was accepted and especially his series of family portraits became his breakthrough in the art industry. Besides his famous series of family portraits, Wandel also worked with still-life’s, flowers and landscapes.
Among many of Wandels pupils at the Academy, some well known artists include: Poul S. Nielsen, Lauritz Hartz, Vesta Lippert , Jack Kampmann, and Richard Mortensen.
Wandel worked all over Europe and stayed in Iceland from 1893, was on the Ingolf expedition to Greenland in 1895, Italy from 1896, Dresden from 1896-1897, The Nederland’s from 1899 and Paris from 1935.
The works of Wandel has been exhibited worldwide like in Denmark, Germany ,Italy, Sweden and the United states, including:
The Artists Fall Exhibition: 1904-1913.
Glaspalast, Munich: 1909- 1913.
Kunstgewerbe Museum, Berlin: 1910-1911.
The World Fair in Rome: 1911.
The Baltic Exhibition, Sweden: 1914.
Danish National Exhibition, Brooklyn Museum: 1927.
Danish Art, Sweden: 1928.
National Gallery of Art, Copenhagen: 1941.