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
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.