Anna Ancher (1859-1935): Young Girl in front of Mirror7/12/2021, 10:21:08 AM
Anna Ancher (1859-1935): Young Girl in front of Mirror, 1899, oil on canvas, The Hirschsprung Collection, Copenhagen, Denmark #AnnaAncher #Ancher #Art #Artists #Painters #Paintings #Arthistory #pittore #pittura #pintor #pintura #peintre #peinture #Arte #artista #Danish #Danishart #Modernart #Maler #Malerei #genreart #SkagenPainters #masterpiece #masters #hirschsprungcollection #copenhagen #younggirl #mirror #impressionism #interior Anna Ancher was the only one of the Skagen Painters that was actually born in Skagen, Denmark. She grew up there in the northernmost area of Jutland. Her talent became obvious at an early age and she grew acquainted with pictorial art via the many artists who settled to paint in Skagen. Anna Ancher studied drawing for 3 years at the Vilhelm Kyhn College of Painting in Copenhagen. However, she developed her own style and was a pioneer in observing the interplay of different colours in natural light. She also studied drawing in Paris at the atelier of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes along with Marie Triepcke, who would marry Peder Severin Krøyer, another Skagen painter. In 1880 she married fellow painter Michael Ancher, whom she met in Skagen. They had one daughter, Helga Ancher. Despite pressure from society that married women should devote themselves to household duties, she continued painting after marriage. (Skagensmuseum.dk) Anna Ancher is considered to be one of the great Danish pictorial artists by virtue of her abilities as a character painter and colourist. Anna Ancher's art found its expression in Nordic art's modern breakthrough towards a more truthful depiction of reality, e.g. in Blue Ane and The Girl in the Kitchen. Anna Ancher preferred to paint interiors and simple themes from the everyday lives of the Skagen people. The girl in the painting is the artist's only child Helga, who is also the figure in many other Ancher works.