New work of art by Anna E. Munch

23. September 2014 |

The museum has acquired a painting by Anna E. Munch at the Bruun-Rasmussen Fine Art Auction. It is "Fishermen mending nets" from 1923. The work of art, a gouache (opaque watercolours) on paper, measures 31 x 39 cm. and shows two fishermen at their daily work of mending nets near the net-drying stakes.

Anna Elisabeth Munch was born in Copenhagen in 1876. Her father was the Norwegian poet Andreas Munch, and their home was a gathering place for writers, musicians and painters from Denmark and Norway. Anna E. Munch drew and painted from her earliest years, and when she was older, she received training at the Académie Julian in Paris and from Julius Poulsen in Denmark. The artist exhibited for the first time at the Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition in 1898.

It was her friendship with the author Sophie Breum, whom Anna E. Munch first met in 1901, that resulted in the her visiting Kerteminde. Here she met the Funen painters and became friends with both Johannes Larsen and Fritz Syberg. In 1910, Anna E. Munch and Sophie Breum moved into the newly built "Villa Østenkrog" on the North Beach in Kerteminde, and from that time on, the two women spent the warmer months in Kerteminde and the colder months in Copenhagen.

Anna E. Munch was a very productive painter and exhibited with some of the best women artists of her time, like Anna Ancher and Anna Syberg. She illustrated several of Sophie Breum's and other women authors' books, designed the banner for the Danish Womens' Society in 1911 (now at the National Museum in Brede) and did wall paintings and altar paintings for many churches, especially on Funen.

The painting "Fishermen mending their nets", which perfectly captures the sense of everyday chores for Danish fishermen, embodies the spirit of the Funen painters' art, which was meant to create portraits of nearby and ordinary things. The image is similar to "Two brothers", also part of the collection at the Johannes Larsen Museum. This was also painted in 1923 and shows two fishermen working with their nets.

Anna E. Munch died in 1960 and is buried at Vestre Kirkegård Cemetery in Copenhagen.

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