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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Peder Severin Krøyer

Posted by Charley Parker at 8:05 pm

Peder Severin Kroyer
Peder Severin Krøyer (sometimes Peter or just P.S. Krøyer) was born in Norway but moved to Denmark with his foster parents at an early age.

He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Art, traveled Europe and studied in Paris, where he was introduced to the work of the French Impressionists, an influence that resonates in his open, painterly, color-filled later work.

When he returned to Denmark he spent time painting in a remote fishing village called Skagen, and began to divide his time between Skagen and a studio in Copenhagen. Kroyer became the unofficial leader of an arts colony that sprang up in Skagen, and you will find reference to the group as the Skagen Painters. The Skagens Museum is dedicated to the group.

There is currently an exhibition, Krøyer; an international perspective at the Hirschprung Collection in Copenhagen where it will be on view until 10 April, 2012. After that it moves to the Skagens Museum where it will be on view from 5 April to 2 September, 2012.

There are scattered sources for Krøyer’s work in the web. Two of the best are Michael Hirsh’s Painters I should Have Known About (004) Peter Krøyer on his always superb Articles And Texticles blog, which also has some images of Skagen; and an article on a blog titled ensuciando las paredes.

Like the painting by John Atkinson Grimshaw that I mentioned in my recent post on that artist, Krøyer’s painting Interior of a Tavern (images above, third down) is one I love to revisit when at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

[Addendum: Though I didn't see it on the Hirschsprung site, there is a catalog for the exhibition available from the Skagens museum. (Thanks to Ron Washington)]

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  1. Comment by Steve Fastner
    Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

    Beautiful work.It reminds me a little of Zorn,but with more detail.Maybe closer to Sargent,but with brighter colors.The first painting reminded me of The Boating Party,only from another angle.Lovely painting.

  2. Comment by Charley Parker
    Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 10:46 pm

    Yes, I was also thinking of Sorolla.

  3. Comment by Melissa
    Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 12:10 am

    The light is very like Sargent, in that painting with the girls and the chinese lanterns–Lily, Lily, Rose, something like that. Beautiful.

  4. Comment by C. Gertz Bech
    Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 5:20 am

    I can highly recommend the exhibition at the Hirschprung Collection to anyone who happens to be in Denmark (or who has the opportunity go go there – it’s worth travelling for). A rare chance to see a substantial bunch of amazing Krøyer paintings – among them several from private collections not usually accessible to the public.

  5. Comment by Charley Parker
    Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    Thanks, Melissa. Here is the Sargent painting you mention: Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose.

  6. Comment by Charley Parker
    Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    Thanks, Gertz. It’s nice to have a first-person account. Wish I could make it across the pond to see this.

  7. Comment by Tim
    Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

    Hey Charlie, if you check my blog, I have a bunch of high rez from the Hirshsrpung of the Kroyers that where up before the show. Im going in feb, when the Hammershoi exhibit opens in the museum adjacent “Statens Museum for Kunst”.

    You can expect a bunch more pics when I return. I also have a ton of pics from the Wanderers exhibit in stockholm here; (5 parts)

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