Click here for future lectures

09 March 2020Danish Modernism: The Skagen Painters
10 February 2020A Garden Like No Other: Edward James & Las Pozas
13 January 2020Three Chinese Cities: Peking, Shanghai and Suzhou
09 December 2019William Hogarth 1697-1764
11 November 2019The Roaring Twenties: Art, Design and High Society
14 October 2019Sir Stamford Raffles
09 September 2019The Wallace Collection, The Frick Collection and their connection with Knole
08 July 2019Imperial Calcutta: Arts and Architecture
10 June 2019Bloomsbury Group Designs and "Designs"
13 May 2019ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – 19.30 pm followed by Craftsmanship and Sensuality: Gustav Klimt and Vienna Secession
11 March 2019Nomadic Textiles of Central Asia
11 February 2019Women Behind the Lens
14 January 2019Constable - The Father of Modern Painting
10 December 2018In The Kingdom of the Sweets (all about The Nutcracker)
12 November 2018The King’s New Armour: A Renaissance Art-Form in England
08 October 2018Hadrian Man of Mystery
10 September 2018Dame Zaha Hadid

Click on a row and scroll to display more details about the lecture

Danish Modernism: The Skagen Painters Dr Caroline Levisse Monday 09 March 2020

Located at the northernmost point of the Jutland peninsula in Denmark, Skagen is an attractive spot in the summer for its unusual light. From the 1870s to the beginning of the twentieth century this fishermen village was home to an artists’ colony. Some of its more famous members include Anna and Michael Ancher, Marie and Peder Severin Krøyer, as well as Laurits Tuxen. Reacting against styles enforced by the Academies and influenced instead by French modernism, they painted en plein airand represented scenes from ordinary life. Fishermen at work, social gathering and domestic scenes are common in their works. They are especially renowned for their depictions of the particular light of long summer evenings. In such sceneries their works often become more romantic and lyrical.  

Illustration: P.S. Krøyer, Summer Evening on Skagen’s Southern Beach, 1893, oil on canvas, 100 x 150 cm, Skagen Museum


Caroline Levisse holds a PhD in Art History from Paris University. Since 2014 she has been teaching for the WEA and other organisations. She mainly lectures on Western art from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Since researching Scandinavian art for her doctoral dissertation and living in Denmark, she has been enthusiastic about Nordic artists, and now offers a series of talks related to this subject matter.