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The Blue Hour by Peder Severin Krøyer

90 min visit

Marmottan-Claude Monet Museum
19 May → 26 Sep 2021
Tue to Sun from 10 am to 6 pm. Nocturnal Thu until 8 pm. Closed Mon.

« A light of extraordinary poetry! A real discovery. To be booked as soon as possible!  »

An extraordinary light! A true discovery of one of the greatest masters of Danish painting. To be booked as soon as possible! Do you know the "Blue Hour", this meteorological phenomenon that precedes dusk and unfolds especially at the far northern seaside? No. If you don't know it on the spot, you will have the opportunity to discover it in the paintings of the Danish artist Peder Severin Krøyer, active at the end of the 19th century, to whom the Marmottan-Monet museum is dedicating its first major monographic retrospective. For some years, French museums have been very interested in the art of northern countries, and especially in artists whose art and painting in particular have been influenced by Impressionism. A student of Frederik Vermehren at the Royal Danish Academy of Arts and then of Léon Bonnat in Paris, Krøyer began a distinguished official career from Copenhagen to Paris. A prolific painter, excellent draftsman, but also a photographer, he cast a humanistic and benevolent eye on his surroundings. The very well thought out display allows the visitor to discover the complex creative process of the master who gave equal importance to work done outdoors and in the studio (and even to photography). Bringing together more than sixty masterpieces from the Skagen Museum, the Gothenburg Museum and museums in Copenhagen, Alkersum-Föhr, Lübeck, Kiel, Budapest and Paris, the exhibition reveals a sensitive and humanistic view of the world of work, that of the fishermen, their relatives and fellow students who gathered in Skagen, at the end of the 19th century, at the tip of the Jutland peninsula. It is in this village, where the waters of the Baltic meet those of the North Sea, where in the summer, a very particular light appears at the moment of the Nordic twilight, that he was seduced by this "blue hour" whose brightness and poetry he gives us to see.


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