Summer evening at Skagen
In the 1880s, Peder Severin Krøyer made several atmospheric paintings from the beaches in Skagen, in which he explored the effects of different types of natural light. This large painting of Krøyer’s wife with their dog marks the first of a series of blue-toned atmospheric canvasses, which would be significant for Krøyer’s work at the turn of the century. Krøyer’s atmospheric painting were partly inspired by the aesthetics of Japanese art, including that of Japanese woodblock prints. For many artists at the time, the Japanese woodblock prints represented something authentic and unspoiled. Japanese woodblock prints had a significant influence on the development of modern painting in the West.