Johannes Larsen's uncle, the artist Johan
Peter Bless, who stayed with his family off and on at the merchant
house, inspired him to paint. He started at an early age, and
painted his first oil painting at only 10. He went to Copenhagen at
16, where he received instruction in perspective drawing from
Christian Kingsley. Then he studied at the Artist's School of
Study, but when his teacher left, he changed to Zahrtmann's School.
There he studied for 5 winters, returning to Kerteminde during the