Nature meant a great deal to Johannes Larsen, both in his art, in his daily life and in his interest for hunting and animals in general. As a result, he built his home in one of the most beautiful places in Kerteminde, with a fantastic view of the Great Belt, where he could gaze at the changing colours of the sea, the sky and nuances of the weather. In addition, there was a big garden at Møllebakken, where there already were old trees and bushes, and where Johannes Larsen established several pools to encourage a wealth of birds to visit the garden.

Johannes Larsen was known as The Bird Painter, but all sorts of animals interested him, and he has painted hares, deer, cats, otters and more throughout his life. During a period of time, he had a tame otter called Jokum, and he bought two mute swans from the Hamburg Zoo, who lived in a pond in his garden. He also acquired a peacock, Harald, who embellished the garden at Møllebakken.

His interest in nature was, however, not sentimental, but rather a deeply-felt understanding of its rhythm. He had a serious and even scientific interest in the changing seasons and their influence on the lives of animals. He advocated the conservation of large natural areas, such as Fiilsø Lake (w. Jutland) and was the chairman of the local chapter of the Danish Society for Nature Conservation for 30 years.

Shortly before his death in 1961, Johannes Larsen was named honourary member of this society and designated chairman of The Danish Nature Foundation.


BIRD 2019
September 28, 2019 - January 26, 2020
Johannes Larsen Museum

A new exhibition focuses on birds in art in the year 2019!


Ornithological Artists Selected
29. May 2019

Artists have now been selected for the BIRD 2019 exhibition, which will be more comprehensive than ever before.

New Acquisition for the Syberg Collection
29. May 2019

The Johannes Larsen Museum has acquired Fritz Syberg’s painting, Maritime Scene with Sailing Ships, Storm Approaching from 1906

Enrichment of the Larsen Collection
5. March 2019
Johannes Larsen Museum

A new sketch of a stone marten was donated to the Museum.

New leader: “It’s a privilege”
5. March 2019
Johannes Larsen Museum

New head of department at the Johannes Larsen Museum