Eye Candy for Today: Peder Krøyer’s Luncheon

A luncheon. The artist, his wife and the writer Otto Benzon, Peder Severin Kroyer
A luncheon. The artist, his wife and the writer Otto Benzon, Peder Severin Krøyer

Link is to zoomable version on Google Art project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Hirschsprung Collection, Copenhagen.

Group portrait, self portrait, room interior or still life — Kroyer’s simple but beautifully painted domestic scene works brilliantly in any of those roles.

Everything is alive with texture and color, the portrait of Krøyer’s wife, in particular, is sensitive and wonderfully expressive. Just the handling of the relative value of each figure against their section of the background is a lesson in compositional mastery. Just beautiful.

See my previous posts on Peder Severin Krøyer (and here).

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