Born in Copenhagen. Xylander was educated at the Royal academy of fine arts in 1858. Xylander came from a fine Bayern family and travelled as a young man to Hamburg and Munich where he was a private pupil of his uncle, the known artist Christian Morgenstern in 1861. Xylander later worked and travelled in London from 1865-1868. Skagen from 1872-1884. Xylander returned to Hamburg in 1886, were he worked until 1890. He then returned to Copenhagen where he remained until his death in 1912. Xylander developed a great talent for marine works very early in his carrier and specialised especially in evening scenes or moonlight views. Xylander was a great admirer of Old Dutch art and studied the works of Aert van der Neer and Rembrandt although his carrier. Xylander also had a strong fascination for the works of Claude le lorrain. Xylander was a passionate collector of the old masters and donated the majority of his collection to the National Gallery in Copenhagen. The Xylander collection was so immense and important that new chambers were opened and an art scholarship in Xylanders name was founded. Xylander archived great fame during his lifetime and won prestigious awards in Vienna in 1873 and in Philadelphia in 1876.
Xylanders works were featured at the World Fair in Vienna in 1873 and exhibited in Philadelphia in 1876 and Charlottenborg: 1862-1906.
Xylanders work has been purchased by many museums and is still on display at: Schleschisches Museum, Breslau.
The national Gallery, Copenhagen.
Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Sweden.
Museum. St. Louis.
Xylander is listed in artprice. com and oils by Xylander have been sold for $6,260. (Phillips, London. 16-11-1993.Lot. No 64)