My daughter, Britt, arrived from her semester abroad in South Africa and it was time to show her the ancestral roots in Denmark. Since she is also a talented artist, it was easy to tag museums and art-related touring on the schedule. Early on we paid a pilgrimage to Viborg, where I did my first Danish paintings in the mid-1970s, at her age. I visited the home and neighborhood where I had stayed with Johannes Baech and Gudrun Meedom, a couple of artists who became like second grandparents to me. My family has collected about 200 of their works, and you may have noted them if visiting my house. It was strange visiting there for the first time after their deaths, but now my daughter can appreciate the familiar scenes in Johannes’ paintings. They lived in the oldest part of this second-oldest city on Denmark, so lovely just walking around.
We also visited one of my artist friends, Lone Worsoe, who I’d not seen in about 30 years. I have several of her works and she’s featured in some of my own paintings/photos hanging in my house. It was good to meet her current husband and enjoy a lovely sunset dinner in the garden before touring her gallery.
Earlier in the day, Britt and I visited Aalborg, in time to get a close view of the Danish queen on a royal visit. The Danes are quite civil and relaxed about these things.
I especially wanted to visit the most northerly town in Denmark, Skagen, which developed fame as an artist colony for many of Denmark’s best impressionists. They came for the long summer days and soft light by the sea. The Brondums Hotel was their gathering point, and they developed a tradition of painting portraits and other scenes on the walls of the dining room. This room became the core of a subsequent, lovely museum. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skagen
Home of the painters Anna and Michael Ancher.