No matter where you are in Denmark you will never be more than 30 miles (50 km) from the Sea. With 4,500 miles (7,000 km) of coastline, and 400 islands, unsurprisingly artists have been drawn over the centuries to record its beauty. 

My particular interest grew out of the two journeys my artist relatives, Adrian and Marianne Stokes made to Jutland in the 1880s when the colony of Skagen was attracting many artists from all over Europe and the USA. Long before the railway reached this northern peninsular, the arduous journey by packet boat to Frederikshavn followed by 22 miles on a horse and cart with easels and canvases bought in the art-shops of Copenhagen, might have deterred less intrepid travellers. The Stokes made friends with fellow painters such as Peder.S. Krøyer, and Michael and Anna Ancher who followed in the footsteps of Martinus Rørbye, Laurits Tuxen and Oscar Björck, all of whom managed to convey how the harsh lives of the fishing communities and the extremes of weather provided a backdrop for a rich seam of Denmark’s art history.

The lecture will also include examples from the Golden Age of Danish painting and conclude with examples of some of the best modern art projects that draw their inspiration from the sea.



Magdalen Evans

Studied history of art at UEA and worked in London galleries for fifteen years; since then has been organising exhibitions and writing articles, concentrating on C19th/20th women artists. A contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and to BBC Woman's Hour, also works with charities that help ex-offenders through art and education. . She has lectured for the Art Fund, National Portrait Gallery, Pre-Raphaelite Society and Art Workers' Guild as well as to the Art Society of Budapest. A specialist in the relationshihp between the artists of the Cornish art colonies and those in Brittany and Skagen towards the end of the 19th century.