Møllebakken (Mill Hill) anno 1901

13. April 2015 | Johannes Larsen Museum

Johannes Larsen was not the only artist to capture the view from Møllebakken in Kerteminde overlooking the North Beach and the cliff. Christine Swane and Henry Lørup painted the motif, and so did artist Peter Tom-Petersen (1861-1926). The museum has just acquired Tom-Petersen’s painting from 1901 showing the path down Møllebakken towards Kerteminde Bay.

1901 was the year that Johannes and Alhed Larsen built their house on Møllebakken (Mill Hill), so it’s easy to imagine the construction site behind or to the left of the painter. On the way down the hill, one of Kerteminde’s windmills stretches its wings - namely, the Church Mill. Only the base of the mill remains today, as a private home. The Swan Mill, still standing on Mill Hill, and part of the Johannes Larsen Museum today, was somewhere behind the painter that day in 1901. The white house at the bottom of the hill is called Petersminde (In Memory of Peter), and out on the bay, a ship can be seen heading for port in Kerteminde. It could have been one of Johannes Larsen’s father’s, I.A. Larsen’s, merchant ships, but that is just a guess and can’t be documented.

The painting is of course of interest for the museum because it shows Møllebakken and its surroundings in a different perspective than Johannes Larsen’s, and before the Larsens’ home and combined studio were completed in 1901 and 1914-16 respectively. The museum has two other paintings by Tom-Petersen of Kerteminde from 1901, when the artist stayed in the town.

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