“En lille barbenet Fiskerpige siddende ved Hornbæk Strand. Hovedet helt i Profil fra højre Side; Haarfletning ned ned ad Ryggen. Hun har en sovende mindre Søster paa Skødet. Solskin”. A small barefooted girl sitting by Hornbæk Beach. The head completely in profile from the right side; the braid down the back. She has a sleeping little sister on her lap. Sunshine. Unsigned. Oil on canvas. 41×37 cm.
H. Chr. Christensen, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of P. S. Krøyer no 112.
Exhibited: Charlottenborg, “P. S. Krøyer 1851–1909”, 1910 no. 46.
Provenance: Shipowner C. Kraemer. Attorney General H. Plockross.
Sold at auction 11 March 1919 in Malerisalen, Studenterforeningen no 51 reproduced (no pagination). Formerly in director Einar Polander and wife's art collection.
In 1873, Krøyer went for the first time to the fishing village Hornbæk, where the local population inspired him to paint several paintings depicting the life of the fishermen and their families, as in this small charming painting with two little sisters.
Here in Hornbæk he met his painting colleagues Bernhard Middelboe, Kristian Zahrtmann and Holger Roed. Later, Frants Henningsen joined them. They enjoyed socializing with bathing, walking along the beach or in the woods or they enjoyed each other's company with uplifting conversations.
In addition, time was spent collecting motifs and painting them. Among several paintings three distinctive paintings were made during this period: “Fra Smedien i Hornbæk” (From the smithy in Hornbæk) and “Morgen ved Hornbæk. Fiskerne kommer i Land”, (Morning at Hornbæk. The fishermen come ashore) (both in the Hirschsprung Collection) and “Fiskere ved Stokken” (Fishermen on a bench) (private collection). All dated 1875.