Arts & Culture

Playing Children, Enghave Square

Peter Hansen1907-1908

Statens Museum for Kunst
Statens Museum for Kunst

With a keen sense of social awareness, an unfettered grip on colour, and a vein of Impressionism that is firmly anchored in reality Peter Hansen depicts children playing outside his home on Enghavevej in Copenhagen.

Hand in hand, a chain of little girls surge ahead, trying to catch their friends. The dynamic movement is accentuated by abrupt cropping and flickering reflections in the girl’s faces and the new-leaved trees.

The painting's motif

The scene is from Copenhagen, specifically Enghave Plads on Vesterbro. From 1905 onwards, Peter Hansen kept his winter dwelling on Enghavevej, and he found most of his urban scenes in his neighbourhood. Without any indignation, but with keen interest in social issues he depicted modern life. He treated the idyllic aspects such as children playing and men enjoying a Sunday beer, but the vagabonds on Christianshavns Vold were also included in his image of the world.

The artist's association Fynboerne

As a student at Zahrtmann’s School during the years around 1890, Peter Hansen met two other artists from Funen: Johannes Larsen (1867-1961) and Fritz Syberg (1862-1939). Their friendship came to be at the heart of the artist’s association Fynboerne, but Peter Hansen’s most important sources of artistic inspiration were Kristian Zahrtmann (1843-1917) and Theodor Philipsen (1840-1920).

Inspired by Kristian Zahrtmann and Theodor Philipsen

Zahrtmann’s free treatment of colour and Philipsen’s mimetic Impressionism are continued in Hansen’s art. In Playing Children this legacy is apparent in the strong intensification of colour and the flickering reflections. Peter Hansen did not, however, become quite as anti-naturalistic in his colour treatment as Zahrtmann, nor did he dissolve his motifs in bursts of light and colour like Philipsen. Instead he retained his down-to-earth grip on reality as it is perceived.

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  • Title: Playing Children, Enghave Square
  • Creator: Peter Hansen
  • Date Created: 1907-1908
  • Værktekst: Med et socialt engagement, et frit farvesyn og en virkelighedsnær impressionisme, skildrer Peter Hansen de legende børn ude foran sin bolig på Enghavevej i København. Hånd i hånd bølger en kæde af småpiger frem og prøver at indfange deres kammerater. Den dynamiske bevægelse forstærkes af knappe afskæringer og flimrende lysreflekser i pigernes ansigter og træernes nyudsprungne løv. Maleriets motiv Motivet er fra København, nærmere bestemt Enghave Plads på Vesterbro. Fra 1905 havde Peter Hansen sin vinterbolig på Enghavevej, og han fandt de fleste af sine bymotiver i kvarteret. Uden indignation, men med socialt engagement skildrede han det moderne liv, både det mere idylliske i form af legende børn og mænd med søndagsbajere, men også vagabonderne på Christianshavns Vold hørte med til hans verdensbillede. Kunstnergruppen Fynboerne Som elev på Zahrtmanns Skole i årene omkring 1890 mødte Peter Hansen de to andre fynboere Johannes Larsen (1867-1961) og Fritz Syberg (1862-1939). Deres venskab blev kernen i kunstnergruppen Fynboerne, men de væsentligste kunstneriske impulser modtog Peter Hansen fra Kristian Zahrtmann (1843-1917) og Theodor Philipsen (1840-1920). Inspiration fra Kristian Zahrtmann og Theodor Philipsen Zahrtmanns frie farvesyn og Philipsens virkelighedsnære impressionisme videreføres i Hansens maleri. I Legende børn fornemmes arven i den stærke intensivering af farven og de flimrende lysreflekser. Peter Hansen blev dog aldrig så antinaturalistisk i sit farvesyn som Zahrtmann, og han opløste ej heller sine motiver i lys og farve som Philipsen. I stedet fastholdt han sin jordnære forankring i den sansede virkelighed.
  • Teknik: Olie på lærred
  • Proveniens: Køb 1909
  • Provenance: Acquired 1909
  • Physical Dimensions: w151.5 x h109.5 cm (Without frame)
  • Featured Place: Vesterbro
  • Dansk link: http://www.smk.dk/index.php?id=1220
  • Dansk Titel: Legende børn. Enghave Plads
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Statens Museum for Kunst, http://www.smk.dk/en/copyright/creative-commons/
  • External Link: Statens Museum for Kunst
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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