What is a good friendship? Loyalty and respect? Supporting and inspiring one another? Boosting and challenging one another’s values, opinions and actions? The DNA of friendship is dissected in autumn 2014 when ARKEN shows major works by two of the men of ‘the modern break-through’ in Danish art, Michael Ancher and P.S. Krøyer.
Ancher and Krøyer were loyal friends, but also rivals. They were passionate artists who influenced each other’s lives and artistic production. With a point of departure in both Krøyer og Ancher as well as correspondence between them, the exhibition tells the story of one of the most central friendships in Danish art.
The focus is on pictures from their beloved Skagen. Michael Ancher was a permanent resident, married to the local innkeeper’s daughter, Anna. Krøyer came to Skagen eight years after Ancher and later married the fashionable Marie. Ancher’s pictures of fishermen were part of the reason why Krøyer came to Skagen, and Krøyer’s paintings of summer light and artists’ gatherings rubbed off on Ancher’s subjects. What do the pictures tell us about their friendship? What do they show of the artists’ feelings about each other, their views of each other – and of themselves?