Loeb Danish Ardt Collection - page 71

MICHAEL ANCHER
   ‒    
  .
Fisherman Anders Velle and His Wife, Ane, on Skagen Beach,

(Fiskeren Anders Velle og hans kone, Ane, ved Skagens Sønderstrand)
Oil on canvas,

x
¾
in. (

x

cm)
Signed and dated lower right: Michael Ancher

       :
Arne Bruun Rasmussen, Auction

,

, lot
, ill. p.

.
         :
Kunstforeningen,
Michael Ancher
,

, no.

(described as:
Fiskeren Anders Velle og hans kone
).
T
he unusual landscape and unique light on a summer evening at Skagen beach near Østerby can still be
experienced today. This is where Michael Ancher found his
fi
rst motifs in

when he came to Skagen,
subjects enough to last him the rest of his life. Right from the start, the local citizens of Skagen caught his
interest. As a
fi
gure painter he was trained and encouraged to study the lives and activities of ordinary peo-
ple. But in contrast to so many other painters, who regarded their models only as objects, Ancher immersed
himself in their milieu and thereby won the hearts of the people of Skagen. Through his marriage to Anna
Brøndum he had found a home, where he won respect not only for his diligence and his daily work at the
beach (no matter what the weather), but also for his understanding and honest portrayals of the everyday
lives of the people of Skagen.
E.F.
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