Peder Severin Kroyer
In Denmark and Norway, everyone knows Peder Severin Krøyer. The Norwegian-Danish painter from Skagen is the icon of Nordic Impressionism.
Krøyer entered the Royal Danish Academy of Art at the age of 14. As a young artist, he travelled extensively to Spain, Italy and especially France from 1877 to 1881, where he studied the Impressionists in Paris. In the summer of 1882, Krøyer came to Skagen for the first time, where he spent every summer from then on and became the main representative of the artists' colony there.
His paintings show the carefree life of the artists, their parties, walks on the beach and atmospheric evenings in the moonlight.
It is not only his technical mastery and virtuoso handling of pictorial composition and colour coordination that make Krøyer a great master. It is also his precise powers of observation and the fact that the perfectly captured moods of his pictures have an almost immediate effect on the viewer.