Educated at the technical school in Copenhagen where he was a pupil of H. Grønvold. Later, he was educated at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1896 where he was a pupil of Frants Henningsen and Otto Bache. Philipsen begun his carrier as a portrait artist and was highly inspired by Rembrandt’s use of colour and settings. Philipsen’s impressionistic works begun after his stay in Paris from 1910. Philipsen was heavily inspired by the French Masters he had encountered during his travels and worked primarily with impressionism until his death in 1936. Philipsen travelled many times in Italy, in 1903,1907 and 1927, and to Paris in 1910 and 1927, as well as other journeys to Germany, Holland and Sweden. Philipsen is known for his impressionistic and modernistic works from Copenhagen and from the harbour village, Dragør where he stayed from 1919-1936. Philipsen also stayed with the artist Sven Schou at his home near Mariager Fjord. The beauty and special lights of the Fjord also attracted many other artists like, Einar Olsen, Henrik Schouboe, Aage Lønborg-Jensen and Lauritz Mikkelsen. They all stayed in the same house and frequently worked together during the long summers. Philipsen was also a great art collector and purchased many works during his travels. His collection included many works by Fridolin Johansen, Albert Gottschalk and Th. Philipsen. He also had a large number of works by French masters and Chinese and African antiques.
The Artists Fall Exhibition: 1904-1911.
Gallery Bach: 1931-32, 1934 and 1973.
Sally Philipsen is listed in artprice.com where his works has been sold for $3960 dollars. (Sotheby’s ,Johannesburg. 12-11-92. Lot no: 301)