Hirschsprung and Krøyer. Portrait of a family
28. june - 1. october 2017
The Danish Skagen painter P.S. Krøyer had a special relationship with The Hirschsprung Collection’s founder, the tobacco manufacturer and art collector Heinrich Hirschsprung and his wife Pauline. From Krøyer's young years, Hirschsprung paid for the artist's trips to France and Spain, while Krøyer, as a close friend of the family, visited Hirschsprung's private home throughout their lives, all the way to the artist patron’s and the artist's deaths in 1908 and 1909. At this instalment of the Corner Exhibition series, you will get unique insight into Krøyer's depiction of the family and have a peek inside the Hirschsprung living rooms in Bredgade, where art hung from floor to ceiling.
The exhibition focuses on Krøyer's portraits of the family and offers a rare opportunity to view Krøyer's original sketchbook and works which usually hang in the private homes. Also on display are photographs, smaller drawings and not least the comprehensive preparatory work for the museum's famous group portrait painted by Krøyer, The Hirschsprung family portrait from 1881, which is one of the museum's absolute highlights.
The exhibition is part of a new initiative at the museum called Corner Displays. Several times a year, you will find a new exhibition in a corner of the museum which will shed new light on a specific corner of the collections. Here you can explore new perspectives on famous works in the collection, hidden gems from the museum's stores, and many other exciting stories relating to The Hirschsprung Collection.