The Museum's History

Johannes Larsen was born in 1867 in Kerteminde, son of merchant I.A.Larsen and Wilhelmine Christine (Bless) Larsen. Johannes Larsen was the oldest of 6 children and soon showed his artistic talent. He was trained at Zahrtmann's Art School in Copenhagen. In 1898 he married the artist Alhed Warberg (1872-1927) and they had two sons, Andreas (Puf) (1899-1953) and Johan (Lysse) (1901-1991).

In 1901, Johannes and Alhed Larsen moved into their new house on Mill Hill (Møllebakken) in Kerteminde; their home quickly became a gathering place for many artists and authors. Over time the buildings were expanded and added to, adapting to changing needs.

At Zahrtmann's Art School, Johannes Larsen met an artist from Faaborg, Fritz Syberg (1862-1939) who later married Anna (Hansen) Syberg (1870-1914), the sister of another classmate, Peter Hansen (1868-1928). Anna and Fritz moved to Kerteminde in 1902, to the farm Pilegården, about 1 km. from Møllebakken. This remained their home for the rest of their lives, and their 7 children grew up there. Johannes Larsen, Fritz Syberg and Peter Hansen were later known as the main figures in the group of Funish Painters.

Johannes Larsen's sister, Christine Larsen (1876-1960) was a painter and ceramicist. She married the painter Sigurd Swane (1879-1973) in 1910, and their son Lars Swane (1913-2002) became an artist as well. Christine and Sigurd were divorced in 1920 and Sigurd remarried, with artist Agnete (Rechendorff). They had three children, Hanne, Henrik and Gerda. Christine remained unmarried.

Johannes Larsen was an active artist and illustrator until his death in 1961. His grandson, Jeppe Andreas Larsen, (1935-1984) Puf's son, lived at Møllebakken with his family after his grandfather's death. Jeppe Larsen was a talented artist and several of his works are shown in our exhibition. In 1984, his family moved from Møllebakken so the place could become a museum. The Johannes Larsen Museum opened in 1986 and is now part of The Museums of Eastern Funen.

 

Calendar

Storytelling café and poster workshop
Sunday, March 26, 2017, from 11 AM til 3 PM
The Johannes Larsen Museum

What should your story look like?

Garden by the Sea
April 1 - August 27, 2017
The Johannes Larsen Museum

Experience a tribute to the garden and to art.

Easter break: Land Art in Larsen’s garden
April 10 and 11, 11 AM til 3 PM
The Johannes Larsen Museum

Take part in a land-art workshop in the museum garden.

Family workshop: Seafolk and landlubbers
Sunday, April 30, 11 AM-3 PM
The Johannes Larsen Museum

Come and get inspired, it will be creative and fun!

News

Sybergland seen from Villa Wheel-legs
20. March 2017
The Johannes Larsen Museum

The Municipality of Kerteminde has gotten inspired by painter Fritz Syberg’s little house on wheels, Villa Wheel-legs, for use at the new recreational nature preserve, Sybergland.

Birthday present from the Albani Foundation
15. March 2017
The Johannes Larsen Museum

A major contribution from the Albani Foundation will assure that the 150th anniversary of Johannes Larsen’s birth will be fittingly celebrated.

A new work from PAX acquired by the museum
15. March 2017
The Johannes Larsen Museum

A fine little pen-and-ink drawing from 1955 gives new insight into where the PAX-collection at the Johannes Larsen Museum comes from.

120 kids to a drawing-Mecca
15. March 2017
The Johannes Larsen Museum

The Danish Drawing Championship Tour (if there were such a thing) visited the Johannes Larsen Museum for Big Drawing Day. 120 pupils from Funen were invited from all around Funen.