Skagen Museum in northern Jutland, Denmark is another example of an artists’ colony connected with a museum. This museum was founded in 1908 in the dining hall of the town’s Brøndum’s Hotel. The painters Michael Ancher, P.S. Krøyer and Laurits Tuxen served on its first board of directors. There are also some parallel examples of artists’ colonies in Germany: Mathildehöhe, near Darmstadt and Worpswede, near Bremen have similar establishments founded for artists and art.
Faaborg: a Painters’ Town
The catalyst for the foundation of the Faaborg Museum by its patron Mads Rasmussen was the existence of an artists colony in the town. In his speech at the 1910 opening of the Museum Rasmussen highlighted his own as well as the artists’ association with the town and its surrounding landscape:
this small town, as you know, lies in the middle of the lush, beautiful, Funen countryside… The town is ideally situated to be the centre for showing work by the Funen Painters who have excelled in Art, and where the foundations for this idea have now been laid in Faaborg…
Some of our painters were born in Faaborg, and some others are connected with the town, so this town is absolutely top-notch, a painters’ town.