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Alessandra Cenna



until July 25, 2021


Peder Severin Krøyer 

The Blue Hour

Peder Severin Krøyer  Roses 1893

Oil on canvas 67,5 x 76,5 cm Skagen, Skagen Kunstmuseer

© Art Museums of Skagen

Peder Severin Krøyer

Women in the garden. Marie Krøyer and her mother 1895

Oil on canvas 46,5 x 38,5 cm

Lübeck, Kulturstiftung Hansestadt Lübeck – Die

Lübecker Museen © Lübeck, die Lübecker Museen. Museum

Behnhaus Drägerhaus












The Marmottan-Monet Museum will present, at its reopening, the first monographic exhibition in France devoted to the work of Peder Severin Krøyer (1851 - 1909).

About sixty paintings by this Danish artist, prolific outdoor painter, portrait painter and photographer, will be presented on this occasion.

The Blue Hour is the central theme addressed to the rhythm of Krøyer's paintings. During his long stays in Skagen, a small fishing village in Denmark, the painter admired this meteorological phenomenon that precedes twilight at dusk.

A meeting place of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, Skagen was a happy place for a colony of artists towards the end of the 19th century.

Laurits Tuxen

Portrait of Peder Severin Krøyer  1904

Oil on wood  184,3 x 116,8 cm

Budapest, Szépmúvészeti Múzeum

© Szépművészeti Múzeum / Museum of Fine

Arts, Budapest, 2020

Peder Severin Krøyer

« Wait for us!!! »  1892

Oil on canvas   50, 7 x 60, 7 cm

Skagen, Skagens Kunstmuseer

© Art Museums of Skagen

Peder Severin Krøyer

Holger Drachmann   1895

Oil on canvas  167 x 140 cm

Skagen, Skagen Kunstmuseer

© Art Museums of Skagen





Born in Norway to an unknown father and a mentally disturbed mother, Krøyer had a difficult childhood. Precocious and talented, he was adopted by his maternal aunt and graduated from the Copenhagen Fine Arts School. He soon began to travel around Europe and found himself in Paris in 1887. Fascinated by the impressionists, he got closer to the naturalist movement and fell in love with Marie Triepcke.

The couple is united by heart but also by painting. His wife poses for him in several of his canvases but they also play on their pictorial complicity in a double portrait where each one paints the other in his own style.

Considered as a painter of joy, childhood and friendship, Krøyer liked to put his characters in the frame of this wild nature, these dune landscapes of Denmark. He depicted scenes from the lives of workers, peasants and fishermen.

These paintings immortalize the enthusiasm of children's bathing in the flavor of sand and salt in perfect union with the sky and the sea. He often painted his daughter Vibeke with the children of his friends.

Peder Severin Krøyer

Boys bathing in Skagen, soirée d’été 1899

Oil on canvas 100, 5 x 153 cm

Copenhaguen , Statens Museum for Kunst © SMK Photo/Jakob Skou-Hansen

Peder Severin Krøyer

Self-portrait at the easel  1902

Oil on canvas  54 x 45 cm

Collection of the Ambassador John L.Loeb Jr.

© Bill Orcutt




His famous painting "Quiet evening on the beach of Skagen, Sønderstrand" (1893) depicts Marie with her friend Anna. The two women are strolling at the blue hour on the beach in the middle of summer.

The blond hues and shades of azure form a real pictorial poem, an invitation to reverie.

For this work, nothing was left to chance, Krøyer took many pictures to prepare his subject. He then let his nature as a painter transform the real colors to get closer to symbolism than naturalism. Thus, the black ribbon became golden yellow, borrowing its light from the splendid star. As for the blues, they triumph in this melancholy proper to the end of the day which touches him in the depths of his soul.


So much so that in spite of the blindness that struck him ten years before the end of his life, he could continue to paint so much light radiated in his being.


Peder Severin Krøyer's Blue Hour

until July 25, 2021

Musée Marmottan - Monet Paris



Peder Severin Krøyer

Quiet evening on Skagen beach,

Sønderstrand. (Anna Ancher and Marie Krøyer walking) 1893 Oil on canvas 100 x 150 cm

Skagen, Skagen Kunstmuseer © Art Museums of Skagen