Laurits Tuxen

Laurits Regner Tuxen

Tuxen moved to Skagen rather late, even though he was well acquainted with the colony through P.S. Krøyer whom he studied with at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

Just like Krøyer, Tuxen was known for portrait painting. At this time, portraits were the most prestigious genre, and Tuxen went on to portray the most prestigious families: The royal families in Europe and Russia all through the final quarter of the 19th century.

Tuxen was married to Ursule de Baisieux from Belgium, with whom he had two daughters, Yvonne and Ninna. When his wife died in 1899, he went on to marry Frederikke Treschow from Norway in 1901 and the family settled in Copenhagen.

That same year, the Tuxen family bought Madam Bendsen’s cottage in Skagen – the house where the Krøyer couple previously had lived – and they turned it into a summer residence. From then on, Tuxen was mostly interested in portraying things concerning his family life: The people around him, the nature of Skagen, the sea and the flowers of his garden.

Tuxen was among the founders of Skagens Museum.