Friday, January 2, 2015

Skagen Part Three

I want to share more photos of Skagen

Here is the outside and one view of the quaint and adorable home of Holger Drachmann. The delicate and sweet furnishings contrast to Drachmann's large personage

Here he is painted by P.S. Kroyer

Ruth's Hotel where we will stay on our next trip when we are wealthier...

At the back of the Skagen Art Museum

St. Lawrence's Church was built in the 14th century.  (Denmark adopted Catholicism in the 9th century. In the 16th century King Christian III personally knew and read the works of German theologian Martin Luther. Luther  felt that one's relationship with God should not be tainted by corrupt rituals in the church including the sale of indulgences. Christian III routed Catholic factions in the country and Lutheranism became the state religion).  The church has been  buried by sand over the centuries but you can still go in and climb to  tower. 

At the north of Denmark, the Kattegat and the Skagerrak meet, their waters going in opposing directions at Grenen ("branch") , making for a dramatic place for photos. As the Skagen painters knew, the light was marvelous for images whether photographic (ours) or painted (theirs). We took a big bus that could go over the sand to get to the tip of the branch. We were there at "L'Heure Bleu" when the appearance of the water and the atmosphere blend as in the painting of Drachmann above

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