Two paintings have been added to the collection of the Art Museums of Skagen
At an auction in Copenhagen, the museum acquired Anna Anchers The Brøndum sisters are resting after a hard day’s work from 1917. The painting is one of the very few works with Anna Ancher’s sisters Hulda and Marie Brøndum as the subject. The painting shows the two sisters rest after a strenuous day at the Brøndum’s Hotel, which Hulda and Marie ran in cooperation with their younger brother Degn Brøndum.
Among the 413 oil paintings by Anna Ancher in the museum’s collection, only two have one or both of the two sisters as subject. Therefore, we are pleased that we have now been able to add this small painting to the collection, says Lisette Vind Ebbesen, director of the Art Museums of Skagen.
The artwork was up for sale at Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers of Fine Art with an estimate between DKK 80,000 and DKK 100,000 and got a hammer price of DKK 75,000.
At the same auction, Art Museums of Skagen also acquired Laurits Tuxen’s ‘Evening light, Skagen’ from 1911. It was estimated between DKK 40,000 and DKK 50,000 and got a hammer price of 35,000.
The painting is from a time in Tuxen’s career where he allows himself to experiment more intensely with colours and with wilder, impasto brush strokes.
It shows how Tuxen breaks way from the tradition he learned in the studio school of Léon Bonnat in Paris. It is of therefore of great art historical relevance to the museum’s field, says Lisette Vind Ebbesen.
Both artworks were acquired with the support of the Danish Agency for Palaces and Culture.