Michael Ancher - By a sickbed,
1879, oil on canvas
Michael Peter Ancher (1849 - 1927) is a Danish realist artist. He is famous for his paintings of fishermen, their experiences at sea, and the daily life of their communities. Ancher was born and grew up on the on the island of Bornholm. At the age of 16, he began his apprenticeship as a clerk in Djursland. He drew and painted in his spare time, eventually studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. In 1874, Ancher moved to the fishing village of Skagen and joined the small community of Skagen artists. Archer was inspired to paint reality and the natural light and colours that surrounded him. He combined classical compositions with naturalism.