Laurits Tuxen at the Fugelsang Museum, Denmark

Me and my dad took a roadtrip over the holidays to Denmark, where we saw two shows, the Tuxen show and the Kroyer /Ancher show, which will be my next post.

Laurits Tuxen was a Danish painter who lived between 1853 and 1927. He studied in Paris with Leon Bonnat, who of course had both Sargent and Kroyer in his fold. He was primarily known as a portrait painter for the Royal Family, but spent time in Skagen and was good friends with the other artists there. He never actually lived there during its "heyday", only visiting occasionally. He admitted to regretting this to some part in letters later in life. He eventually moved there with his family in 1901 and bought a house named "Villa Dagminne" ( the Villa Day-Memory). He travelled extensively to exotic locations and painted small sketches, a few which were on display, terribly matted by grey wood, but still, I'm grateful.

It was quite hard to get good shots of the paintings as it was not allowed, and I was told off a few times, but hey, we travelled for 4 hours each way to get there, so Ill be damned if some BS rule about no photography is going to stop me from bringing them home with me for further study! And we bought the catalogue!

Here is a link with more information abut the house and life there. (google translate)

Tuxen made the famous sculpture of Kroyer and Ancher that greets visitors at the Skagen Museum. Tuxen is the blurry one n the background.


I wont say too much about Tuxen here as people far better than me have already in the links above, but Ill write some things I learned at the show.  On to the paintings!

King Christian IX of Denmark with family (1886)

This is the paining of which you can see the study above. It was not in the exhibition as it is in the permanent collection of Christiansborg. It is a massive 5x7 meters (17x23 foot). This is from Google but I will get a proper photo of it when we go there in march.

This is a smaller copy that is at Amaliensborg Royal Museum. A few things are omitted.

Julius Kronbergs Studio In Skansen, Stockholm

From Wiki

"Julius Kronberg (1850 in Karlskrona – 17 October 1921 in Stockholm) was a Swedish painter. Julius Kronberg received education at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts in Stockholm in the 1860s. A travel scholarship brought him to Paris via Düsseldorf and Copenhagen. He is associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting. He stayed in München where he continued studying before settling in Rome in 1877. He was a professor at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts between 1895-1898."

We (Atelier Stockholm) went to visit his studio located in Skansen, ( a pleine air painters wet dream). His studio is only open certain times of year, so you'd best call ahead to find out when.  His studio is filled to the brim with studies, ,clay maquettes, cartoons and one larger work. It is a spectacular place, well worth a visit. It was quite difficult to get good photos of many of the paintings because of the glare from the studio windows, and it was quite dark in places.

First Pleine Air after a years break from painting

I spent the last year studying the figure at Atelier Stockholm, I had a great time and made lots of friends. Now I'm back on the painting horse so to speak! I thought it would be a good idea to post the very first one so that I have something to compare it with. Id say this is about 2 hrs. at Hovs Hallar in Skåne, painted with my buddies Nathan Sowa and Joe Altwer.


Hovs Hallar, 23x40 cm

Hovs Hallar, 23x40 cm