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Ships at Anchor. Winter

Prince Eugen, Duke of Närke1908

SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst

SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst

Prince Eugen has painted the view from his home with a strong intensity of colour and atmosphere. Twilight scenes such as these won Prince Eugen a central position within the Nordic art of the period.

The scene is from the skerries of Stockholm. From the rocks by Prince Eugen’s home, Waldemarsudde, we see the view across the water towards Stockholm. It is winter, and the ships are anchored in the harbour. This atmospheric landscape is typical of Prince Eugen’s paintings from the decades around 1900. The motifs typically take their point of departure in a recognisable setting, but the main point of the works resides in how they convey a particular dense atmosphere, often imbued with an ethereal mystique and intensity of colour.

With his twilight landscapes and nocturnal scenes Prince Eugen occupied a central position within the Nordic art of the time. He was also a leading figure on the Swedish art scene. Brother to the King, he was an active patron and collector of art and had close links to Denmark and Danish artists such as L.A. Ring, Hammershøi, and the artist brothers Niels and Joakim Skovgaard.

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  • Title: Ships at Anchor. Winter
  • Creator: Eugen
  • Date Created: 1908
  • Værktekst: Prins Eugen har malet udsigten fra sit hjem med en koloristisk intensitet og en fortættet stemning.Med skumringslandksaber som dette placerede Eugen sig centralt i periodens nordiske kunst. Motivet er fra Stockholms skærgård.Fra klipperne ved Prins Eugens hjem Waldemarsudde ser vi udsigten over vandet ind mod Stockholm. Det er vinter og skibene ligger for anker. Som stemningslandskab er det typisk for Prins Eugens malerier i tiårene omkring 1900. Motiverne har som regel et genkendeligt afsæt, men det primære er formidlingen af en særlig fortættet stemning, ofte ladet med en flygtig mystik og koloristisk intensitet. Med sine skumringslandskaber og nattescener placerede Prins Eugen sig centralt i periodens nordiske kunst. Han var desuden en ledende skikkelse i svensk kunstliv. Han var kongens bror, mæcen og kunstsamler, havde tætte forbindelser til Danmark og danske kunstnere som L.A. Ring, Hammershøi og brødrene Niels og Joakim Skovgaard.
  • Teknik: Olie på lærred
  • Proveniens: Gave fra kunstneren 1917
  • Provenance: Acquired 1917
  • Physical Dimensions: w85.3 x h120.4 cm (Without frame)
  • Dansk link: http://www.smk.dk/index.php?id=2366
  • Dansk Titel: Skibe for anker. Vinter
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Statens Museum for Kunst, http://www.smk.dk/en/copyright/creative-commons/
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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