Anna Ancher: 'Girl sowing', (before 1902). Pastels on paper

The allure of colour. Pastels from Anna Ancher to P.S. Krøyer

30 June 2018– 13 January 2019

The museum is home to a fine collection of pastels from the final decades of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century. The pastel technique can be traced back to the fifteenth century, but was particularly popular in the eighteenth century where the light and airy pastels were perfectly suited to the overall Rococo aesthetics. Having been largely forgotten, pastel painting had a revival when the French Impressionists adopted the technique again in the 1870s. Around this time, young Danish artists such as Anna Ancher and P.S. Krøyer travelled to Paris, art capital of Europe, where they presumably saw pastels exhibited. In the 1880s they began to experiment with pastels themselves.

This exhibition, presented in one of the museum’s galleries, lets you explore pastels from the museum collections created by the artists Anna Ancher, P.S. Krøyer, Frants Henningsen, Edma Frølich Stage and Carl Thomsen. Pastels are fragile and light-sensitive, which means that they are usually kept in storage and are only very rarely put on display. This show offers a unique opportunity to see these works together.

Here you can explore Ancher’s intimate interiors and portraits of local Skagen women. And you can lose yourself in the rich details of Krøyer’s vast pastel cartoons. Kroeyer’s cartoons were done in preparation for some of his most famous paintings, including Artists’ luncheon, The Hunters of Skagen and Midsummer Eve Bonfire on Skagen’s Beach. The latter will be featured in the exhibition from 18 July, where it returns to the museum after having undergone major conservation work.

Here you can get more information about the exhibited works

Krøyer pastel sankt hansblus
P.S. Krøyer’s monumental pastel Midsummer Eve Bonfire on Skagen’s Beach from 1903. The pastel is a study for the 1906 oil painting in Skagens Museum. The pastel is undergoing conservation and will be featured in the exhibition from 18 July.

Krøyers Sankt Hansblus

P.S. Krøyers store pastelkarton fra 1903 til maleriet Sankt Hansblus på Skagen Strand er henover foråret og sommeren 2018 blevet konserveret af Staten Museum for Kunsts konservatorer.

Krøyer malede pastellen tre år før, det endelige maleri stod færdigt i 1906, som i dag kan ses på Skagens Museum. På dette tidspunkt kunne man ikke få fint tegnepapir i så store formater, som Krøyer havde brug for, og han brugte derfor maskinpapir til pastellen og mange af hans andre kartoner. På grund af papirets dårlige kvalitet er det blevet porøst og skørt med årene, og pastellen er derfor revnet flere steder. Revnerne i papiret er nogle af de ting, konservatorerne har arbejdet på at udbedre.

Pastellen er monteret på et stort lærred med søm i kanterne af papiret. Lærredet, der med tiden er blevet slapt, giver ikke længere støtte til pastellen. Derfor er lærredet blevet fjernet fra blændrammen, og værket har fået en ny fast bagbeklædning som er blevet monteret på rammen, så denne stadig bevares.

Nedenfor ses fotografier af værket og konservatorernes arbejde med pastellen.

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