PRESS RELEASE 14.05.2013
The seasons in art
At this summer’s international auction at Bredgade, we are offering three outstanding works of art by
prominent names in Danish art history: P. S. Krøyer, Christen Købke and J.T. Lundbye, each of whom depict a
season – the summer sun, the autumn haystacks and the snowy shores in winter.
The beach in Skagen
“En Flok Drenge ude i det solglitrende Vand” (a group of boys out in the glistening water) at Skagen beach in
1892 is a familiar motif for the Danish Skaw painter P.S. Krøyer (1851-1909). By virtue of his great artistic
talent and speed, he mastered the demands of his day for spontaneity and immediacy, when he captured the
moment in the open air on canvas. He excelled in the depiction of the distinctive Nordic light along the
Skagen coastline, of which the work up for auction is a fine example.
The painting of the bathing boys is just one of several different studies for the final work from 1892, which
belonged to Count Julius Andrassy in Budapest from 1910–23. While the whereabouts of the painting is
unknown, studies for the iconic work turn up on the auction circuit every so often. Almost all of the studies
are detail studies focusing on specific parts of the composition – a boy running, for example.
However, this picture is different in that it depicts a more complete scene with a whole group of boys playing
in the sunshine. The work also possesses the inimitable qualities you would expect from a good Krøyer
painting: the Skagen motif with sunshine and sea, a wonderful, almost blinding light, the beautiful blue
colour palette and an exquisite “snapshot” capturing the boys’ movements in the swirling water, glistening in
“Landskabsstudie med høstak, høje træer og græssende får” (landscape study with haystack, tall trees and
grazing sheep) from c. 1836 is painted by the Danish Golden Age painter Christen Købke (1810-48), who
made his breakthrough as a landscape artist in around 1830. He was a true Copenhagener, preferring to paint
close to home, where he could study his immediate surroundings rather than those far away. In his numerous
landscape studies from areas on the outskirts of Copenhagen, he often managed to create a distinctly
romantic atmosphere in fine shades.
The joy he derived from painting was especially apparent in the many outdoor studies he painted along the
ramparts of the citadel and the lakes in Copenhagen. In the work up for auction, we see an idyllic depiction of
a sunny autumn day on the outskirts of Copenhagen, with sheep grazing in the golden landscape.
Sleighs in the snow
The atmosphere is cheery in J.T. Lundbye’s (1818-48) Golden Age painting “Svenske Slæder vender hjem efter
at have solgt deres Varer i København. Skrænten ved Skovshoved” (Swedish sleighs returning home after
selling their wares in Copenhagen. The slope at Skovshoved) from 1838. Here, four horse-drawn sleighs are
making their way across the frozen Sound (Øresund). The drivers crack the whip and the horses trot across the
ice as evening descends upon the frosty winter landscape.
As an artist, Lundbye specialised in painting animals and landscapes. His choice of motifs reveals a rare
appreciation of the Denmark of old, with the numerous stone circles, meadows and endless coastlines. In
several of his major works, he consciously focuses on providing a concentrated picture of the Zealand
landscape, which did not always tally with the topography. However, he also painted real places, as is the case
in the work up for auction from the slope at Skovshoved, north of Copenhagen.
Preview and auction
Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers, Bredgade 33, DK-1260 Copenhagen
Preview: 30 May – 3 June
Auction: Tuesday 4 June
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Birte Stokholm on tel. +45 8818 1122 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
P. S. Krøyer: "En Flok Drenge ude i det solglitrende Vand". A group of boys in the glinting water. Signed and
dated S. Krøyer Skagen 92. Oil on canvas. 38.5 x 60.5 cm. Estimate: € 270,000-400,000.
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