The Danish artist Anna Ancher (1859–1935) was born in Skagen, a quaint and religious town on the northernmost tip of Denmark. She showed artistic talent from an early age, and when an artists’ settlement formed in the area—bohemian freethinkers and atheists who called themselves the Skagen Painters—Ancher studied with them. She began to think radically, questioning women’s societal role and home-bound life. Ancher also studied in Paris, but returned to her home town to become a fixture of the community, using Impressionist techniques to paint intimate portraits of Skagen women. In her sunny interiors, she experimented with light, color, and simplification. For her largest retrospective ever, 150 of these radical works are on display. —E.C.
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