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A Funeral

Anna Ancher1891

SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst

SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst

Anna Ancher is regarded as one of the pre-eminent Impressionist painters within Danish art. She paints her works from the outskirts of modernity and tends to avoid eye contact; that way, spectators can explore the spaces created without feeling unobserved, becoming enveloped by the psychological and mental moods evoked in the work.

Anna Ancher’s first exhibited work depicted two poor colourful characters, Per and Stine Bollerhus, going home from the church in Skagen.

Several years later she attended Stine’s funeral and gathered her impressions in the painting A Funeral.

The painting's motif

As in most of Anna Ancher’s pictures, no-one attempts to create eye contact. We are free to investigate the space unnoticed, find our place, and let ourselves be absorbed by the meditative calm. The low-ceilinged room is filled with light, allowing Anna Ancher an opportunity to demonstrate her mastery of colour in the meeting between the blue, pink, and green hues; colours that also serve a symbolic function in showing the old woman the road to another world.

The transition between realism and symbolism

As in many other works from the time, created during a period of transition between realism and symbolism, the reference to a transcendental existence is not a postulate; it remains so much in touch with reality that it is primarily seen as a psychological condensation.

An impressionistic painter

Along with Theodor Philipsen (1840-1920), Anna Ancher is regarded as the most important Impressionistic painter on the Danish art scene. But whereas the French Impressionists were intimately linked with modern life, Anna Ancher painted her paintings on the outskirts of the modern: from Skagen, the remotest part of Denmark, more opposed to than in tune with the hectic and the ephemeral.

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  • Title: A Funeral
  • Creator: Anna Ancher
  • Date Created: 1891
  • Værktekst: Anna Ancher betragtes som en af de betydeligste impressionistiske malere i dansk kunst. Hun maler sine billeder fra periferien af det moderne og undgår for det meste øjenkontakt, så vi som beskuere ubemærket kan afsøge rummet og lade os opsluge af det psykologiske rum. Anna Anchers første udstillingsbillede forestillede to fattige originaler, Per og Stine Bollerhus, på vej hjem fra Skagen Kirke. Flere år senere deltog hun i Stines begravelse og samlede sine indtryk i maleriet En begravelse, et hovedværk i hendes produktion. Maleriets motiv Som i de fleste af Anna Anchers billeder er der ingen, som forsøger at skabe øjenkontakt. Man kan derfor ubemærket afsøge rummet, finde sin plads, og lade sig absorbere af den meditative ro. Den lavloftede stue er fyldt med lys, der giver Ancher mulighed for at demonstrere sit koloristiske mesterskab i mødet mellem de blålige, rosa og grønne farver, men som også symbolsk viser den gamle kone vej til en anden verden. Mellem realisme og symbolisme Som i mange samtidige værker udført på overgangen mellem realisme og symbolisme er henvisningen til en oversanselig eksistens ikke postuleret, men forbliver så virkelighedsnær, at den primært opleves som en psykologisk fortætning. En impressionistisk maler Sammen med Theodor Philipsen (1840-1920) betragtes Anna Ancher som den betydeligste impressionistiske maler i dansk kunst. Men i modsætning til de franske impressionisters forbundethed med det moderne liv maler Ancher sine billeder fra periferien af det moderne: fra Skagen, Danmarks udkant, snarere mod end med det hektiske, flygtige og øjebliksbetonede.
  • Teknik: Olie på lærred
  • Proveniens: Køb 1891
  • Provenance: Acquired 1891
  • Physical Dimensions: w124.5 x h103.5 cm (Without frame)
  • Featured Place: Skagen
  • Dansk link: http://www.smk.dk/index.php?id=1208
  • Dansk Titel: En begravelse
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Statens Museum for Kunst, http://www.smk.dk/en/copyright/creative-commons/
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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