Skagen: An Artists’ Colony in Denmark

National Museum Of Western Art, Tokyo

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With fields of grass dancing in the salt breeze, white sandy beaches, and an endless expanse of sky and sea, Skagen is located on the northern tip of the Jutland peninsula, touching upon both the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. For the Danes of the nineteenth century, it seemed like another world within their own country. From around the 1870s onward, more and more young painters active in the capital of Copenhagen visited this seaside village where they were mesmerized by the broad expanse of natural landscapes and play of light. Interest in Skagen’s unique scenery gradually spread among these artists, and this tiny village without train station or harbor attracted Nordic painters, poets and composers from the end of the nineteenth century through the early twentieth century, where they formed an international artists’ colony.

The painters who worked in Skagen took the Naturalist, also known as the “en plein air,” approach that was then the new trend in European painting originating out of France. They turned to such subjects as the labors of fishermen, seaside scenery, the simple lives of the villagers, the everyday lives of the artists themselves and even their own families for inspiration. Their works that discerned subjects related to the true character of nature and people, drawn from reality itself, were considered to be revolutionary by the Danish art world of the time, which dubbed them a “Modern Breakthrough.” Their fascinating aspects continue to resonate with audiences today.

This exhibition commemorating the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Denmark will feature 59 works from the Art Museums of Skagen and introduce the Skagen Painters that represent the best of modern Danish art.

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from 2月 10, 2017 to 5月 28, 2017
Opening on May 1 (Mon)

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