Danish Modernism: The Skagen Painters

4 September 2024

Digby hall , hound street, sherborne at 3 pm and 7 pm

Launching the Boat-Oscar Bjork (1884)

Fishermen hauling net on Skagen North Beach(1883) by Peder Severin Kroyer (1851-1909)

Peder Severin-Kroyer ” Summer evening on the Beach-The Painter and his Wife” 1899

Sunlight in the Blue Room(1891) by Anna Ancher (1859-1936)

Hip Hip Hurrah!(1888) by PS Kroyer

Located at the northernmost point of the Jutland peninsula in Denmark, Skagen is an attractive spot with fabulous light in the summer. From the 1870s to the beginning of the 20th century this fishermen village was home to an artists’ colony. Some of its more famous members include Anna and Michael Ancher, Marie and Peder Severin Krøyer, as well as Laurits Tuxen. Reacting against styles enforced by the Academies, they painted en plein air and represented scenes from ordinary life. Fishermen at work, social gathering and domestic scenes are common in their works. They are especially renowned for their depictions of the particular light of long summer evenings. In such sceneries their works often become more romantic and lyrical


Caroline Levisse

Dr Caroline Levisse is an art historian based in London. She was born in France where she studied art history before moving to Copenhagen. In Denmark, she focused on research work and completed a PhD on the relations between art and religion in contemporary Scandinavian art. After graduating in 2013, she moved to London and started teaching art history with adult education providers. She has since developed a range of courses focusing on 19th and early 20th century Western art. She has published articles in French and English in academic journals as well as magazines and newspapers, such as Church Times and Arts Sacres.