Krøyer and Paris


P.S. Krøyer: Skagen Men going out Fishing at Night. Late Summer Evening, 1884. © Musee d’Orsay, Paris

Krøyer and Paris. French Connections and Nordic Colours was the museum’s greatest and most prestigious international exhibition to date. Krøyer’s paintings were presented together with an impressive line-up of the most influential nineteenth-century French painters and artworks . From Claude Monet’s imposing masterpiece, Impression, soleil levant (Impression. Sunrise) from 1872, to a total of seven rare artworks by one of Krøyer’s greatest idols: Jules Bastien-Lepage.

The exhibition offered audiences a unique insight into P.S. Krøyer’s artistic development and career with a sensational presentation with the heavyweights of naturalism. The exhibition showed many of Krøyer’s major artworks along with a series of spectacular loans from a number of international museums. With names including Bastien-Lepage, Léon Bonnat, Paul-Albert Besnard, Léon Pelouse, Jules Breton, Aimé Morot, Auguste Rodin, and Alfred Philippe Roll – besides Krøyer himself. In addition to this, a group of French impressionists represented by e.g. Monet, Caillebotte, and Sisley were also featured.

Not since 1888, had it been possible to experience so many of the major late nineteenth-century French artworks of art of special importance to Krøyer gathered in Denmark at one and the same time.

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Bring the exhibtion home with this book: Krøyer And Paris. French Connections and Nordic Colours.

In Krøyer and Paris. French Connections and Nordic Colours, art historians Mette Harbo Lehmann and Dominique Lobstein describe Krøyer’s artistic development from the Golden Age tradition favoured by the Danish academy to Naturalism and the Modern Breakthrough. They show how inspiration from France can be traced in his painting technique and his open-air paintings from Skagen, revealing how French Naturalism made its mark on Krøyer’s distinctive style.

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Anders Zorn: A Fisherman at Saint-Yves. 1888. © Musée des Beaux-Arts, Pau (deposit from Musée d’Orsay, Paris) P. S. Krøyer: Female Model. Half-length. 1878. © Art Museums of Skagen Jules Breton: The Gleaner. 1877. © Musée des Beaux-Arts, Arras (deposit from Musée d’Orsay, Paris).


Claude Monet: Impression, Sunrise. 1872. © Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris

Claude Monet: Impression, Sunrise. was part of the exhibtion till the 4th of July 2022. It has now been returned to Musée Marmottan Paris. 

Although Krøyer is very much an artist in his own right and the French inspiration should be viewed across the artworks presented here, the motif depicted in Monet’s masterpiece establishes a mystic harmony between the two painters, Monet and Krøyer: there was little interest in sunrises in France whereas it constituted a wholly inevitable theme to the Nordic painters.

It is therefore an entirely unique situation to be able to see this artwork at a museum where both P.S. Krøyer and the Scandinavian sunrises are so generously represented.


The exhibition Krøyer and Paris. French Connections and Nordic Colours marks the conclusion of a three-year research-based collaboration between Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris and the Art Museums of Skagen. In 2021 the French exhibition L’heure bleue de Peder Severin Krøyer (The Blue Hour of Peder Severin Krøyer) at the Musée Marmottan Monet introduced this collaboration to a French audience.

The research initiatives were headed by the French art historian Dominique Lobstein and Mette Harbo Lehmann, art historian and curator at the Art Museums of Skagen.

Krøyer and Paris. French Connections and Nordic Colours could be experienced at Skagens Museum from 13 May – 18 September, 2022.

Under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen Margrethe II of Denmark