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NMWA Presents Danish Exhibit

Feb 05, 2013 11:02PM ● By Anonymous

With a mission of recognizing “the achievements of women artists of all periods and nationalities by exhibiting, preserving, acquiring, and researching art by women and by teaching the public about their accomplishments” the NMWA has developed into the foremost authority worldwide on presenting the creative work of women.

Anna Ancher, Sunlight in the blue room, 1891; Oil on canvas, 25 5/8 x 23 1/8 in.; Skagens Museum, Inv. 1206. Courtesy of Skagens Museum and Michael and Anna Ancher’s House.

On the heels of celebrating its 25th anniversary, this month the museum unveils the first U.S. exhibition of paintings by famed Danish artist Anna Ancher and the Art Colony at Skagen. The exhibit, titled A World Apart, will be the last featured exhibit as part of the yearlong silver anniversary.

Focusing on Danish modern painter Anna Ancher (1859–1935) and the artist colony at Skagen, Denmark, A World Apart will feature 41 paintings and oil sketches by Ancher and more than 20 by her fellow Skagen artists. The close-knit community of artists in Skagen, Ancher’s native town in northern Denmark’s remote Jutland peninsula, included Anna Ancher’s husband, Michael Ancher, and renowned artists P. S. Krøyer and Laurits Tuxen, among others. The exhibit opens February 15th and continues through May 12th.

“The Skagens Museum and the Michael and Anna Ancher House have lent their core collections to this exhibition, offering unparalleled access to their very best works, which are so rarely seen outside of Denmark,” says NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling.

Michael Ancher, Anna Ancher returning from the field, 1902; Oil on canvas, 73 5/8 x 38 3/4 in.; Skagens Museum, Inv. 1093. Courtesy of Skagens Museum and Michael and Anna Ancher’s House.

Part of a late-19th-century aesthetic known as the “Modern Breakthrough,” Ancher and the other Skagen painters moved beyond the neoclassical painting style that prevailed in the Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Their works were shaped by the Realist, Impressionist, and Symbolist movements that took hold in Europe during the second half of the century. As industrial development began to mark city life, the Skagen artists were inspired by the area’s land, seascape, and culture, which they considered to be a haven from urban living.

Learn more about the museum, exhibit, and to plan your visit at Nmwa.org.