Carl Locher (1851 - 1915): Fishermen by a Wreck Near

Carl Locher (1851 - 1915): Fishermen by a Wreck Near

5/9/2021, 6:41:01 PM
Carl Locher (1851 - 1915): Fishermen by a Wreck Near Kandestederne, 1872, Oil on canvas, 88 x 125 cm Skagen, the northernmost point of Denmark, was very popular among marine artists in the 19th century even before it became a real artists’ colony. The marine artists found at this town a host of motifs in the sea, the shore, and the weather, which is at its roughest on the north - facing coast and gentler on the south. In addition, there were many ships that could be seen sailing past, as well as numerous wrecks, providing the artists with suitable subjects for painting. In 1850, the frequent shipwrecks led to a rescue service being established. It was the duty of the local population to assist shipwrecked crews and, if possible, to save the cargoes. Some wrecks were sold and cut up; there was a lack of wood at Skagen, and the houses were usually built of timber from stranded ships. Other wrecks were left on the shore as somber monuments. In this picture, Carl Locher has chosen to paint two wrecks on the stormy north coast near Kandestederne, a lonely stretch of shore some ten kilometres to the west along the North Shore. The serious nature of the motif is underlined by the dramatic dark cloud formations and the sinking sun and thus corresponds closely to the ideals of marine painting at the time.

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