Hip, Hip, Hurrah!
by Peder Severin Kroyer
Genre: genre painting
Location: Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gothenburg, Sweden
Dimensions: 134.5 x 165.5 cm
The painting was started in 1884 after a party at Michael Ancher's house; the composition was inspired by photographs taken at the celebration by the German artist Fritz Stoltenberg, although the individuals featured are not all the same. Krøyer returned uninvited to Ancher's house the morning after the gathering with his easel and paints, eager to start sketching and expecting the freedom to come and go as he pleased. His lack of consideration annoyed Ancher, who had only recently moved to the house in an attempt to escape the hustle and bustle of town life; as a result, the two artists suffered their first serious falling-out. Although they reconciled soon afterwards, Krøyer did not get the unlimited access to Ancher's garden that he had expected and, frustrated, he struggled to progress with the work. He made do with the garden at Ancher's old apartment and worked from photographs and from life when he got the chance. It was four years before he could complete the picture. Helga, Ancher's daughter, who had been less than a year old at the time of the original festivities, is shown to be older in the final painting, suggesting she was not included until later in the composition. A photo of the painting in Krøyer's studio shows an earlier composition before the older Helga was added. Swedish art collector Pontus Fürstenberg bought the painting unseen (or at least before it was completed). It was displayed at Charlottenborg in 1888, and Fürstenberg later donated it to the Gothenburg Museum of Art, where it has hung ever since. The Skagens Museum has a small sketch from 1888.
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Extraordinary Paintings - 2: Hans Holbein, The Ambassadors, 1533 (London, National Gallery).
Note the small crucifix, barely perceptible behind the damask curtain: God is inaccessible to those who seek him with reason. The curious object that seems to float in front of the two men is a skull, painted with the technique of anamorphosis. The floor faithfully reproduces that of Westminster Abbey, which dates back to the beginning of the XIV Century. #nationalgallery#oldmasters#hansholbein#masterpiece#painting@nationalgallery