Michael Ancher

About Michael Ancher

Who is it?: Painter
Birth Day: June 18, 1849
Birth Place: Bornholm, Danish

Michael Ancher

Michael Ancher was born on June 18, 2009 in Bornholm, Danish, is Painter. The legendary Danish painter and one of the most prized members of the Skagen School, Michael Peter Ancher was a master artist best known for his realistic depictions of the lives of the fishing folk in Skagen. Michael wasn’t born in Skagen, but visited there in the year 1874 and was so enormously fascinated by the fisherman’s town that he decided to spend the rest of his life there. He found the local conducive to his artistic temperament. As opposed to the rigid formations and composition methods which he learned through his formal education, Ancher came in contact with the new methods and philosophy sweeping over Denmark while he was at Skagen. His marriage to Anna Brondum, a painter, who was also a native of Skagen, is seen as a major factor in his shift in perspective. Ancher went on to become one of the most popular of Danish artists and an eminent face of the Skagen painters.
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Popular As Michael Ancher
Occupation Painters
Age 78 years old
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Born June 18, 1849 (Bornholm, Danish)
Birthday June 18
Town/City Bornholm, Danish
Nationality Danish

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Michael Ancher’s zodiac sign is Cancer. According to astrologers, the sign of Cancer belongs to the element of Water, just like Scorpio and Pisces. Guided by emotion and their heart, they could have a hard time blending into the world around them. Being ruled by the Moon, phases of the lunar cycle deepen their internal mysteries and create fleeting emotional patterns that are beyond their control. As children, they don't have enough coping and defensive mechanisms for the outer world, and have to be approached with care and understanding, for that is what they give in return.

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Michael Ancher was born in the Year of the Rooster. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rooster are practical, resourceful, observant, analytical, straightforward, trusting, honest, perfectionists, neat and conservative. Compatible with Ox or Snake.

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Michael Peter Ancher was born at Rutsker on the island of Bornholm. The son of a local merchant, he attended school in Rønne but was unable to complete his secondary education as his father ran into financial difficulties, forcing him to fend for himself. In 1865, he found work as an apprentice clerk at Kalø Manor near Rønde in eastern Jutland. The following year, he met the Painters Theodor Philipsen and Vilhelm Groth who had arrived in the area to paint. Impressed with his own early work, they encouraged him to take up painting as a profession. In 1871, he spent a short period at C.V Nielsen's art school as a preliminary to joining the Royal Danish Academy of Art in Copenhagen later in the year. Although he spent some time at the academy, he left in 1875 without graduating.


Michael Ancher was influenced by his traditional training at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in the 1870s which imposed strict rules for composition. His marriage to Anna Ancher did, however, introduce him to the naturalistic concept of undecorated reproduction of reality and its colours. By combining the pictorial composition of his youth with the teachings of naturalism, Michael Ancher created what has been called modern monumental figurative art, such as A Baptism.


After Ancher first visited Skagen in 1874, he settled there joining the growing society of artists. The colony of Painters regularly met in the Brøndums Hotel in Skagen in order to exchange ideas. In 1880 Ancher married fellow Painter and Skagen native Anna Brøndum, whose father owned the Brøndums Hotel. In the first years of their marriage, the couple had a home and studio in the "Garden House", which is now in Skagens Museum's garden. After the birth of their daughter Helga in 1883, the family moved to Markvej in Skagen.


He achieved his artistic breakthrough in 1879 with the painting Vil han klare pynten (Will He Round the Point?). Michael Ancher's works depict Skagen's heroic fishermen and their dramatic experiences at sea, combining realism and with classical composition. Key works include The Lifeboat is Carried Through The Dunes (1883), The Crew Are Saved (1894) and The Drowned Man (1896).


The Skagen residence of Anne and Michael Ancher was purchased in 1884. In 1913, a large studio annex was added to the property and this also forms part of what is on display today. Upon her death in 1964, the Ancher's daughter, Helga, left the house and all of its contents to the Helga Ancher Foundation.


The works of Anna and Michael Ancher can among other places be seen at the Skagens Museum, Statens Museum for Kunst, the Frederiksborg Museum, The Hirschsprung Collection and Ribe Art Museum. Michael Ancher received the Eckersberg Medal in 1889 and in 1894 the Order of the Dannebrog. Originally many of Ancher's paintings hung in the dining room of the Brøndums Hotel. The Painter P.S. Krøyer conceived the idea of placing paintings by different artists in the wall panels. In 1946 the dining hall was moved to Skagens Museum.


In 1967 the home was turned into a museum Anchers Hus. Original furniture and paintings created by the Anchers and other Skagen artists are shown in the restored home and studio. Temporary art exhibitions are arranged in Saxilds Gaard, another building on the property. This house is filled with displays of paintings by Michael and Anna Ancher as well as those from many other Skagen Painters who made up their circle of friends. Today the house is a part of Skagens Kunstmuseer.


Anna and Michael Ancher were featured on the front of the previous series DKK1000 bill. The first version of the bill came into circulation on 18 September 1998, and was then updated on 25 November 2004, adding more security features. The front of the banknote featured a double portrait of Anna and Michael Ancher, derived from two 1884 paintings by Peder Severin Krøyer which originally hung on the walls in the dining room at Brøndums Hotel.

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