Skagens Museum - Google Cultural Institute
The Skagen Artists' ColonyFrom the end of the 1870s and up to the turn of the century Skagen was aninternational meeting place for young artists. They had in common the fact thatthey were inspired by naturalism and open-air painting and sought new placesand motifs. During the 1880s Skagen was transformed into an artists’ colonywhere there was room for both work and leisure.The artists’ preferred motifswere the fishermen working on the beach, the fishermen’s tiny cottages and thesocial life among the artists themselves. Already in their lifetime the Skagenartists achieved world fame at significant exhibitions held abroad. The Skagen ArtistsThe most prominent Skagen artists are the Danish painters Anna andMichael Ancher and P.S. Krøyer. But also artists such as Holger Drachmann, whowas both poet and painter, Viggo Johansen, Carl Locher, Laurits Tuxen and theNordic artists Christian Krohg and Oscar Björck all contributed to puttingSkagen on the map.The MuseumSkagens Museumwas founded in 1908 in order to collect and preserve the works of the famousartists’ colony in the surroundings in which they were created. Since 1928 the museum has resided in a buildingdesigned by the architect Ulrik Plesner. The Garden House, where many of theartists used to rent lodgings, and the old grain-drying warehouse where P.S.Krøyer established his first studio in Skagen can both be found in the museum’satmospheric and evocative garden.Extensions to the museum were built in 1981and 1990, and today the collection includes over 1800 paintings, sketches,graphic works, sculptures and ceramics, mainly from the period 1870-1930.