In the nineteenth century, a number of young and talented artists sprang from the fertile soil of southern Funen – including Peter Hansen, Fritz and Anna Syberg, and Jens Birkholm. They would form the core of the artists’ colony that emerged in 1880s Faaborg, reaching its acme with Faaborg Museum, founded in 1910 by Mads Rasmussen.
For the first time ever, Faaborg Museumpresents an exhibition that homes in on Faaborg’s artists’ colony, the relationship between its artists and the people and landscapes they portrayed, and particularly the works created in the city.
While still very young, several of these artists set out for Copenhagen to study painting under Kristian Zahrtmann. But Faaborg was in their blood, so they returned to their hometown, settling down to paint the landscapes and people of their native region.They were joined by new friends and acquaintances they had met at their Copenhagen school. A total of nineteen artists are numbered as part of the talented artists’ colony in Faaborg.
In the late nineteenth century, several artists’ colonies arose throughout Europe. Artists would settle outside the major cities in order to celebrate art, the local countryside and people, the sense of community and life itself.