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date: 20 October 2019

Johansen, Viggolocked

(b Copenhagen, Jan 3, 1851; d Copenhagen, Dec 18, 1935).
  • Jens Peter Munk


(b Copenhagen, Jan 3, 1851; d Copenhagen, Dec 18, 1935).

Danish painter. He trained at the Kongelige Akademi for de Skønne Kunster from 1868 to 1875 under Jørgen Roed. In 1871 he began to visit the fishing hamlet of Hornbæk on the north coast of Zealand, not far from Copenhagen, often with painters such as Peter Severin Krøyer and Kristian Zahrtmann. Here Johansen painted pure landscapes, or alternatively figures from the village’s traditional population, seen in their homes. A Meal (1877; Copenhagen, Hirschsprungske Saml.) shows an elderly fisherman seated at table eating potatoes, attended by his wife; dull daylight from a window in which a net is drying illumines the frugal interior and worn figures.

Johansen first visited Skagen, the northernmost town in Denmark, with Michael Ancher in 1875. Five years later both men married girls who were cousins from the town. Johansen and his family remained based around Skagen, but passed the winters in Copenhagen. Kitchen Interior: The Artist’s Wife Arranging Flowers...

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