Exploring the Danish painter Peder Severin Krøyer’s last large figure painting
Midsummer Eve bonfire on Skagen’s beach
Painted in 1906, this picture was P.S Krøyer’s last large figure painting. He gathers some of the major representatives of the art colony, members of the town’s bourgeoisie, as well as some of the residents of Skagen, in a large circle around the Midsummer eve bonfire on Skagen Sønderstrand.
Krøyer started the first sketch for the painting in 1892, but due to other commissions and illness, the picture was only completed 14 years later.
In the beginning of 1908, Holger Drachmann died, and his ashes was laid to rest in the dunes behind the lighthouse in a monument designed by Krøyer.
Suffering from prolonged illness and severe depression, Krøyer himself died the following year.
The world of the Skagen Painters would soon be lost, but their legacy lives on in their paintings at Skagens Museum and the midsummer bonfire is still celebrated at the same spot as it was then.
Text – Skagens Kunstmuseer | Art Museums of Skagen