PEDER SEVERIN KRØYER PAINTINGS FOR SALE & BIOGRAPHY
PEDER SEVERIN KRØYER
'Peder Krøyer was a pupil at the Kunstakademi in Copenhagen. He also studied with Léon Bonnat in Paris. He travelled to Madrid and Andalusia, after which he established himself in Paris. There he came into contact with the Scandinavian colony of painters, including Strinberg and Fritz Thaulow. He visited Cernay-la-Ville, Brittany, Venice, Rome and Florence. He then returned to Denmark, settling in Skagen, where he founded the Skagen group of painters with Anna and Michael Ancher in 1880. This small northern town in Jutland had begun to attract artists in the 1870s. The Skagen group engaged in open-air painting, and affirmed the Danish national identity introduced at the beginning of the 19th century by the so-called golden age of painting.
Krøyer participated in the Salon de Paris, winning a third-place medal in 1881, and a second-place medal in 1884. He received the Grand Prix at both Expositions Universelles of 1889 and 1900. He received a gold medal for engraving in 1900, as well as receiving medals in Berlin and Munich, and was made a Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur in 1888.
Subsequent to his travels in Europe, the influence of Spanish painting is discernable in his works prior to 1880. After he settled in Skagen, his palette lightened, and he focused on the evocation of light and atmosphere, in the vein of the Impressionists. His abiding interest in colour and form would lead him to explore abstraction.
His most important commission was from Copenhagen city council, and now hangs in the city hall. It depicts the architects Martin Nyrop and Emil Jørgensen with the builder H. Kroner examining the architectural drawings in the balconies of the newly completed city hall. He was married to Marie Krøyer, also a talented artist, from 1889-1905. Among the exhibitions and retrospectives consecrated to his work was the Kroyer and the Artists' Colony at Skagen in 1998 at the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin.' (Benezit, Dictionary of Artists, Gründ, 2006)