Anna Ancher (1859-1935): Harvesters, 1905, Oil on canvas12/6/2021, 10:59:19 AM
Anna Ancher (1859-1935): Harvesters, 1905, Oil on canvas, 56.2 x 43.4 cm, Skagens Museum, Skagen, Denmark Anna Ancher produced a few harvest scenes, all similarly setting the harvesters as the focus of the scene. She has worked in these oil sketches and finished paintings with the composition, which is stringently built up around a perspective following the surface of the picture. In them the harvesters are present in a very concrete sense, and it is always the man who carries the scythe, which is not only to be seen as symbolising the Grim Reaper, but also as a quite traditional division of the harvest work. The women’s work was usually linked to specific tools, and thus also distributed in the same way. 'Harvesters' from 1905 shows a man and two women on their way to start the harvest in the fields around Skagen. The picture is divided into two sections: the blue sky above and the yellow cereal below with only The composition acquires an almost frieze-like quality, and the division into two almost equally large areas is a special quality in Anna Ancher’s harvest pictures, while she has also worked intensely with the light and shade effects and the blue and yellow complementary contrasts. The fields of ripe crops link naturally to a theme of fertility and in contrast the man carrying the scythe at the front of the group conjures up images of death, juxtaposing life and death.