Anna Ancher (1859-1935): Sunshine in the Blue Room; Helga12/2/2021, 10:58:09 AM
Anna Ancher (1859-1935): Sunshine in the Blue Room; Helga Ancher Knitting in Grandmother's Parlour, 1891, oil on canvas, 58.8 x 65.2 cm, Skagens Museum, Skagen, Denmark Anna Ancher used interior light and colour to establish a quiet, contemplative mood. The sensitivity and gifted colourism of her paintings created soulful, intimate atmospheres. With its many shades of blue and the sunlight pouring through the window, 'Sunshine in the Blue Room' is one of her most prominent works. It depicts Anna's daughter Helga knitting in her grandmother's room. With her back to the observer, the child is busy crocheting. Despite its everyday subject, the painting is one of Anna Ancher's most captivating masterpieces with its many shades of blue and the sense of tranquility it conveys. She uses here the contrast of sunlight and the silhouettes of potted plants, window crossbars on the wall and floor. Her colour scheme is based on the contrasting blue of the wall and upholstery and the yellow of the curtains, an effect that is replicated in the blue smock and blonde hair of the girl sitting by the window.