New Acquisition for the Syberg Collection
29. May 2019 |
Maritime Scene with Sailing Ships, Storm Approaching (1906). Oil on canvas.
39.5 x 61.5 cm.
The Johannes Larsen Museum has acquired Fritz Syberg’s painting, Maritime Scene with Sailing Ships, Storm Approaching from 1906. The motif of ships lying at anchor in Korshavn recurs in several of the artist’s paintings and shows another, more dramatic aspect of Syberg’s summer stays at Fyns Hoved. The painting will be on display in the Collection from today.
Ships lying at anchor in Korshavn – a recurring motif
In February 2019, the Johannes Larsen Museum purchased Fritz Syberg’s painting, Maritime Scene with Sailing Ships, Storm Approaching (1906) at the Bruun Rasmussen auction house in Copenhagen. The motif is familiar and the painting is a beautiful addition to a small series of ‘ships lying at anchor’ at Korshavn.
Syberg’s painting depicts two sailing ships and the stern of a third, anchored in Korshavn. The otherwise calm water is being whipped up by the wind beneath a dark, threatening sky. We almost expect the appearance of a god of thunder, as the storm clouds and curtains of rain conceal the last rays of sunshine above the greenish-brown shores in the distance.
The Museum’s newly-acquired work is the biggest version of a recurrent motif and clearly resembles Syberg’s Ships Lying at Anchor. Korshavn (also from 1906). The ships with their rigging and dinghies are recognisable, suggesting that he painted the works shortly after one another. Together with the other pictures, the small sketch, Ships Lying at Anchor in Korshavn also shows Syberg’s mastery when it comes to portraying weather conditions with just a few, highly effective means.