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Michael Ancher - P.S. Krøyer : Friends and Rivals
ISHØJ, DENMARK  •  Arken Museum of Modern Art  •  27 September 2014 - 12 April 2015

The Arken Museum of Modern Art has launched a major exhibition that focuses on the relationship between two major  Danish artists, Michael Ancher (1849–1927) and P.S. Krøyer (1851–1909). The focal point are the scenes painted of their beloved Skagen.

P.S. Krøyer, At the victualler’s when there is no fishing, 1882
P.S. Krøyer: At the victualler’s when there is no fishing, 1882. Den Hirschsprungske Samling, Copenhagen
Photo: Den Hirschsprungske Samling

Michael Ancher was a permanent resident in Skagen and married to Anna, the local innkeeper’s daughter. P.S. Krøyer arrived in town eight years after Ancher and later married the stylish Marie Triepcke. It was Ancher’s fishing paintings that lured Krøyer to Skagen, and it was Krøyer’s pictures of summer light and artists’ parties that rubbed off on Ancher's sceneries. But Ancher and Krøyer also battled with one another. Krøyer strived for an artistic community where inspiration could flow freely and scenes could be shared among colleagues under the open sky. But the down-to-earth and very particular Ancher preferred painting alone, and initially felt threatened by Krøyer’s fast brush strokes and vibrant creativity.

It was largely thanks to these two painters and their vastly different temperaments that Skagen was put on the artistic world map at the turn of the last century. Here they created some of the most treasured works in Danish art history. Skagens Museum, which is undergoing major renovations and extensions, is loaning Arken 80 works, which otherwise rarely leave the museum.

Arken Museum of Modern Art Website

Contact: Arken Museum of Modern Art
Skovvej 100
2635 Ishøj

Tel: (45) 43 54 02 22

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