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Scandinavian Painting 1800-1915


A new light on Nordic painting

Peder Severin Krøyer
Summer evening on Skagen’s southern beach, 1893. Oil on canvas, 100 x 150 cm
Skagens Museum, Denmark © Photo : Esben H. Thorning

Bringing together over a hundred works by Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish artists, this exhibition sheds a new light on Nordic painting which developed in its own fascinating and original way throughout the 19th century, as did literature with Ibsen and Strindberg and music with Grieg and Sibelius.

The Golden Age of Danish Painting

The years from 1820 to 1850 saw the blossoming of a true Golden Age for Danish painting. Artists such as Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg or Christen Købke, inspired by their travels in Italy, France and Germany, applied a naturalist approach to landscape painting which revealed a keen sense of colour and light. The following decades were to see all the different 19th-century art movements unfurling in Scandinavia with each country adding its own particular sensitivity to the new artistic tendencies emerging all over Europe.

From Impressionism to Symbolism

During the 1880s, views of the countryside and luminous landscapes by Danes Michael Ancher and Peder Severin Krøyer in Skagen, as well as intimist domestic scenes by Norwegian artist Christian Krohg bring us an original vision of the North. At the turn of the century the sobriety and quality of light in Dane Vilhelm Hammershøi’s compositions remind us as much of Whistler as of Vermeer. Swedish artist Eugène Jansson’s powerfully expressive swirling nightscapes incarnate the Symbolist movement which also impregnated Finn Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s work.

This exhibition, the first in Switzerland to be entirely devoted to Scandinavian art, is presented exclusively in Lausanne. It highlights the extraordinary diversity of themes explored by 19th-century artists.

Special Activities

Adults: guided tours, lectures, special evenings. Children: workshops, free brochures.
Information and bookings: tel. +41 (0)21 320 50 01.


Catalogue, co-edited by 5 Continents Editions and the Fondation de l’Hermitage, 172 pages, 24 x 29 cm, 160 color illustrations, ISBN: 88-7439-198-6. Price at the museum: CHF 53.
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ADMISSION FEES: Adults: CHF 15, Seniors: CHF 12, Students: CHF 7, Free under 18, Reduced prices for groups
PRESS: Liliane Beuggert Tél. +41 (0)21 320 50 01
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