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A FAMILY AFFAIR IN ART, PART II
MEMORIES OF SUMMERS BY THE SEA
I sometimes think that the whole effort is in vain, we have far too much to overcome….what significance does it really have if I paint, I shall never, never achieve anything really great…..
When Marie Kroyer (1867-1940), an aspiring artist, married one of Denmark’s most beloved painters, Peder Severin Kroyer (1851-1909), her own career was overshadowed by his success. Eventually they divorced, yet for a brief period, she was his muse—particularly in the 1890s during the often magical summers they spent along the sea at Skagen, then a thriving arts colony. So here is a mini-gallery of the many moods of Marie, from smiling exuberance in Portrait of the Artist’s Wife,
to more subdued, concentrating on her needlwork in Marie in a Red Dress.
Or relaxing outside in Marie in the Garden,
or pausing in a moment of reflection with her loyal dog in Summer Evening at Skagen,
or sharing a conversation with artist friend Anna Ancher in Kroyer’s popular Summer Night on the South Beach at Skagen.
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For another blog on Marie and P.S. Kroyer, see:
The above image is used solely for educational purposes.