“En Pogeskole i Skagen”. A school for young children in Skagen. 1881. Unsigned. Oil on canvas. 80×70 cm.
Elisabeth Fabritius, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of Michael Ancher no. 226.
Exhibited: Charlottenborg 1881 no. 336 (supplement).
Exhibited: Charlottenborg , “Mindeudstilling for Michael Ancher”, 1928 no. 14.
The Hirschsprung Collection owns a smaller version (38.8×34.6 cm) of this painting that one reproduced in Elisabeth Fabritius, "Michael Ancher og det moderne gennembrud 1880–1890, (Michael Ancher and the modern breakthrough 1880–1890) p. 61.
Provenance: Jens Olsen (1876–1954), Danish Consul General. Benny M. Goldschmidt, Rosenvænget.
In the early 1880s Ancher painted several scenes of daily life including “Pogeskolen”. It is an almost square painting, that is dominated by schoolmaster Anders Skriver in the centre. Light falls into the room from the right.
Ancher depicts an ordinary school class in the countryside, here Skagen. A small boy is writing on a blackboard, and some boys are playing behind the teacher's back.