A mother plaiting her little daughter’s hair
The Norwegian painter Frits Thaulow convinced Christian Krohg to visit Skagen in 1879. Krohg visited the town several times in the 1880s. The last time he came to Skagen was in 1894 when he wrote as a correspondent about the fisherman and rescuer Lars Kruse’s death and funeral. The visits to Skagen were of paramount importance for Krohg, but he also influenced several other artists, including Anna Ancher. The image of Tine Gaihede plaiting her daughter’s hair is one of the last interiors that Krohg painted of the Gaihede family’s home. The saturated and luminous colouring of the image shows how Krohg worked more freely with colours at the end of the 1880s and was very inspired by Impressionism. The painting was in the ownership of Anna and Michael Ancher until 1928, and is a study for a larger picture, which is in the National Museum in Oslo.