The beautiful seas and countryside of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, and Finland are inspiring. It is no wonder that the people of Scandinavia have contributed a unique perspective to art.
In the Middle Ages, Scandinavian artists excelled in Gothic art. During the Renaissance, they were part of the movement to promote art and literature.The works of modern Scandinavian artists possess remarkable perception and refined taste and sensibilities. Today, art museums throughout the world contain Scandinavian artifacts, sculptures, and paintings.
The Skagen Painters were a group of Scandinavian artists who gathered in the village of Skagen in northern Denmark from the late 1870s until the turn of the century. They broke away from the traditions of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts. Skagen artists often painted en plein air. Here are several of the artists:
1. Michael Peter Ancher (1849 – 1927) was a Danish realist artist. He is best remembered for his paintings of fishermen and scenes from the Danish fishing community in Skagen.
2. Frits Thaulow (1847 – 1906) was a Norwegian Impressionist painter, best known for his naturalistic depictions of landscape.
3. Anna Sofia Palm de Rosa (1859 – 1924) was a Swedish landscape painter. She became one of Sweden’s most popular painters with her watercolors of steamers, sailing ships, and scenes of Stockholm.
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