Saturday, September 20, 2014

Michael Ancher

Children and young girls picking flowers in a field north of Skagen
oil on canvas
79 x 63 cm
Skagens Museum, Skagen, Denmark

Michael Peter Ancher (1849-1927), Danish impressionist artist, was a master artist best known for his portrayals of Skagen's heroic fishermen and for his dramatic paintings of the fishermen's work at sea. His paintings are classics and he is probably one of Denmark's most popular artists. In his large figure paintings he combines the classic compositional principles of historic paintings with a fascinating realism.

In 1880, he married his fellow Skagen painter Anna Brondum. Michael Ancher along with his wife Anna contributed greatly to the art of Denmark. His works faithfully depict the lives of the fisher folk of Skagen. He went about with great dedication to his art and combined the old-school thoughts with those of the emerging perspectives. In the early 20th century, he took an active part in the founding of Skagens Museum, but he died in the year before its official opening.