Anna Ancher was one of the central Danish artists active around 1900. She brought inspiration from international art movements home from her travels, incorporating it into her paintings from Skagen. This spring, SMK presents the largest retrospective exhibition ever staged about Anna Ancher.
In 1929, the Swedish painter Oscar Björck described his friend, Anna Ancher (1859–1935) in the following terms in a letter to museum director Karl Madsen: “Anna Ancher has my sincere admiration, both as a person and as an artist. She is like a burst of sunshine, and her paintings have something that no-one else among us possess to any similar degree: a quiet devotion to the task and a palette so succulent and luscious that you savor it like ripe fruit”.
Today, Anna Ancher is still celebrated for her boundary-breaking use of color and her astounding ability to capture a ray of sunlight. But her reach extends far beyond that. Opening on 8 February 2020, SMK will take a fresh look at Anna Ancher’s work in a major retrospective produced in close collaboration with the Art Museums of Skagen. The exhibition will seek to lift Anna Ancher out of Skagen, unshackling her from her ties to the artist’s colony in order to place her within the wider – international – context her art merits.
The exhibition will be on display at SMK during the period February 8 – May 24, 2020. It will then travel to Skagens Museum (13 June – 18 October 2020) and Lillehammer Kunstmuseum (14 November 2020 – 15 March 2021).
When: Wednesday 26th February at 5.30pm
Where: SMK – Statens Museum for Kunst, Sølvgade 48-50, Copenhagen
Please RSVP to Hanne Støvring by Friday February 14th to firstname.lastname@example.org
IMAGE: Anna Ancher: Solskin i den blå stue. 1991. Skagens Kunstmuseer.