Rastrup’s painting of Kertinge Bay
01. July 2014 | Johannes Larsen Museum
Picture text: Coastline from Kertinge Bay
near Kerteminde, seen from the fjord, 1915. Oil on canvas.
Signature L. Rastrup - 15.
The museum acquired this large painting (60 x
82 cm.) of Kertinge Bay, painted by Lars Rastrup, at a Lauritz
The painting was based on a photograph taken
between 1895 - 1901 by the painter himself; 15 years later, he was
inspired to turn the black and white image into a colourful
painting using oil on canvas. The painting shows the environment
along the fjord (Kertinge Bay is the innermost part of Kerteminde
Fjord) at the turn of the 20th century, and is an interesting
depiction of daily life, with bustling activity on the shore. The
beach is filled with nets stretched to dry, and the many berths for
boats gives the sense of a small harbourfront.
The motif is especially interesting in that it
is a view from the water towards the land. Lars Rastrup very likely
sat in a boat on the fjord when he took his photograph of the
shore, with Munkebo village in the background. The painting and the
photograph have differing interpretations of the motif; while the
painting creates a romantic and pleasant scene with the help of
colours and cropping, the black and white photograph shows a more
jumbled and distant scene.
Lars Rastrup (1862-1949) grew up in the
poorhouse in Munkebo. In 1884-87, he studied at the Royal Academy
of Fine Art and got his degree there. In 1888, Lars Rastrup took up
photography. He was self-taught in this field, and his motifs were
often peasants and fishermen of modest means, a type of motif that
very few photographers of the time dealt with. Some of Rastrup's
photographs were included in the museum's major summer exhibition
in 2013: Skagen and Kerteminde - Art and Fishing.