Anna Ancher (b. Skagen 1859, d. s.p. 1935)

“Efter endt dagsværk”. After a days work. Young girl sewing. Signed and dated A. Ancher 24. Oil on canvas. 58×50 cm.

Exhibited: Charlottenborg 1924 nr. 928 (supplement).

Provenance: Bruun Rasmussen auction 688, 2000 no. 1479, reproduced p. 149.

No one has said it more aptly about Anna Ancher and her relationship to colours than Oscar Björck in 1929: “She is like sunshine, and in her paintings, there is something that none of us can capture to the same degree. A quiet devotion to the task and use of colour that is as saturated and juicy as a ripe fruit.” From an early age, she was interested in strong and intense colours such as radiant yellow, pink and purple, and her choice of colours testifies to her courage to be different and to stand out from the other Skagen painters. A good example of this is the present painting with the dominant pink curtain shimmering in many red, pink and light purple colours against the green wall and bookcase with kitchen utensils.

This lot is part of our ongoing Theme: Female Artists


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Paintings, furniture, carpets, decorative arts and books, 8 March 2021


200,000–300,000 kr.


Price realised

220,000 kr.