Anna Ancher was born as Anna Kristine Brondum in Skagen, Denmark, on August 18, 1859. Mr. Brondum, Anna's father owned a hotel in Skagen where many artists chose to settle for its picturesque surrounding. This exposed Anna to the artistic atmosphere at an early age, which helped shape her artistic perspective and before long, it became obvious that she possessed artistic talents. When Anna got older she went Vilhelm Kyhn College for three years and while she was there she developed her very own style of art. She was also one of the first to observe the interplay of different colors in natural light. After college she got married to Michael Ancher, a fellow painter in Skagen. They settled in Skagen and became part of the Skagen Painters, a group who were dedicated to capturing the natural beauty and life. Anna was the only female in the group and her artwork stood out more than the men's artworks. While most of the male artists tended to draw the outdoors of Skagen, Anna set most of her paintings within four walls. The simple paintings would have a Skagen woman in the house doing small chores like knitting or reading. One of Anna's paintings that is well known to people is called Sunlight in the Blue Room. This painting is of Helga Ancher who is sitting in the blue room at her father's hotel, where her grandmother, Ane Hedvig Brondum, would often stay. Anna has painted several pictures of her mother sitting in the blue room and in many of Anna's works, there is no real action. The play of the light in the blue room is the theme of the picture and the light on the wall is showing the only trace of the world outside. Anna painted many more painting after that, until the day she died at the age of 75 in 1935. She is now considered one of Denmark’s great pictorial artists.