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.


The Lost Time: Cultural Ramblings
June 8 - September 22, 2019
Johannes Larsen Museum

Major anniversary exhibition in connection with Peter Brandes’ 75th birthday.

Funen Spring
July 6 - October 6, 2019
Johannes Larsen Museum

The Funen Spring Exhibition celebrates 90 years.

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

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


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

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.