The artist collective in Skagen
Many French artists have created artist collectives throughout France, and students from the art academy in Copenhagen were told to go there and experience and paint the world. That is why many Danish artists visited the French communities where they got inspired by the community and the landscapes.
At the start of the 1870s, many young non-famous artists travelled the long and difficult road towards Skagen. Most were educated at the Art Academy of Copenhagen and they were quick to find companionship in their colleagues. Many of the artists were nomads and did not want to settle down, therefore a colony was perfect for them.
Surrounded by beautiful nature and harsh wind conditions the artist settled down in the heart of Skagen. Here they found inspiration in each other, the nature and in the fishermen's rough and dangerous life. The colony was visited by painters, musicians, composers, poets and writers.