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.


Threads in the Nature
March 9 - June 2, 2019
Johannes Larsen Museum

Inge Bjørn, Anne Marie Egemose, Annette Holdensen and Randi N. Lium show their textile art.


What would we do without you
3. December 2018
Johannes Larsen Museet

We are so fortunate to have many volunteers connected to the museum, who help us with many things.

Piggy bank for the history of snaps
26. October 2018
Johannes Larsen Museum

The Snaps Pig has just been published in a handsome new edition with a foreword by Johannes Larsen’s grandson, who carries on the traditions and recipes for spiced aquavit from his grandfather.

Search for Christine Swane paintings met with great success
26. June 2018
The Johannes Larsen Museum

Our art search was broadcast far and wide with the help of the press, Facebook and by word of mouth. After just a short time, to our great pleasure, we received many responses from people who own artwork by Christine Swane.

Fresh nesting boxes for Larsen’s birds
26. March 2018
The Johannes Larsen Museum

Our faithful volunteer, Mogens Salling, has spent the last few weeks cleaning and repairing all the bird boxes in Larsen’s garden.