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 the sunshine. Grazing sheep “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.