The Modern Breakthrough I-II
Danish and Nordic Art 1870-1900
Working life and personal spheres, women’s liberation and the entertainment industry, urbanisation and workers’ movements. These are concepts that are closely associated with the emergence of modern-day Denmark. The country made a transition away from a rural, agricultural lifestyle towards urban culture and industry. Mentally and intellectually, a faith in science replaced the religious worldview of the old world.
Inspired from abroad
Female artists took on a more prominent position. Like their male colleagues, they would depict scenes from work and family life, but their renditions had a different tone to them; they were more sober and subdued compared to the mythologizing heroism one might see in Peder Severin Krøyer and Michael Ancher. New motifs from modern urban life and from the artists’ own personal spheres dominated the exhibitions. Inspiration from Paris prompted artists to intensify light and colour, and artists such as Theodor Philipsen and Anna Ancher developed a close kinship with French Impressionism.