Sunday, 23 October 2011

P.S. Krøyer

 

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The Daughters Benzon – P.S.Krøyer 1987

I want to write a post for one of the Danish painters who was a master at outdoor painting.

P.S. Krøyer was a contemporary of Monet and Degas and I think the influence can be seen in his works.

He is most famous for the body of work he did in Skagen; a tiny fishing village at the very tip of Denmark, where two oceans meet and the light as a result is extraordinary, not unlike St. Ives. Painters as a result flocked there and there was a lively community there with Krøyer, Anna and Michael Ancher among others.

The light, I think, was that fascinated him the most, and it shows beautifully in his work. I had a look at the histogram for some of his paintings, and they clearly show how bright his paintings were. Dark colours seems only to be used for the sake of emphasizing the light. Even in the evening scenes.

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Summer Evening on the Skagen Southern Beach with Anna Ancher and Marie Krøyer, P.S. Krøyer, 1893

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Summer afternoon at Skagen, P.S. Krøyer, 1899

He is a very popular painter, like Monet for the utterly romantic settings, and I think he has contributed a great deal to the idea of Scandinavian living; light, airy, bright and peaceful if a bit cold.

I like his paintings in the same way that I like Mozart. It seems to me that both artists remove themselves from their work an achieve a serenity and ethereal atmosphere, but lose something of the personal connection you can get from other artists who let their personality show.

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