KRØYER, Peter Severin
(b. 1851, Stavanger, d. 1909, Skagen)

Boys Bathing at Skagen. Summer Evening

Oil on canvas, 101 x 153 cm
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

Among all the Skagen painters, Krøyer was the most brilliant and also the most celebrated in his own day. He would make any composition work as perfectly as could be using only a few simple devices. Here he creates a diagonal movement from the boys in the foreground to the ships by the horizon. The ships - and our gaze - moves to the right, meeting the white moonbeam that takes us back to the boy and the beach of Skagen.

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