Arts Everyday Living: An Artist’s Tribute to His Wife—A Double Portrait & In A Domestic Interior

Viggo Johansen, Self Portrait with Palette and Wife Martha, 1898, oil on canvas, Private Collection


Danish master Viggo Johansen (1851-1935) was an admired figure of his country’s art establishment in the late 19th century; he also was a member of the Skagen Painters, a colony of artists who portrayed  the dramatic coast of Denmark.  Johansen demonstrates his skill in portraiture in the unique self portrait with his wife Martha, who appears in the richly colored interior below as well.


Viggo Jorgensen, Interior with Artist’s Wife Martha in a Coat and Hat, Seated, 1893, oil on canvas, Private Collection


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