Special Exhibition

Johannes Wilhjelm. Polske roearbejdere i marken ved Øllingsøe på Lolland. Ca. 1910. Fuglsang Kunstmuseum. Foto Ole Akhøj

Johannes Wilhjelm, Polish Female Seasonal Workers in the Field at Øllingsøe, Lolland. Undated. Fuglsang Kunstmuseum


Johannes Wilhjelm - from Italy to Skagen
Paintings by Johannes Wilhjelm
October 12, 2018 - January 6, 2019


The Danish painter Johannes Wilhjelm (1868 - 1938) traveled far and wide - from the mountain villages of Italy to the beaches and dunes of Skagen - but he always remained rooted in the soil of Lolland, his native region.


Among friends, Wilhjelm was known as a "child of nature" and his harmonic childhood in the country had a large impact on his popular portrayals of country living, magnificent landscapes, and idyllic family life.


Wilhjelm first fell in love with the area around Svinkløv by the North Sea. Later, he fell for the artistic life in Skagen where he became part of the circle of younger Skagen painters. He left behind an extensive production that has long been overshadowed by his teachers P.S. Krøyer and Kristian Zahrtmann despite its originality.


On marking the 150th year of Wilhjelm's birth, Fuglsang Kunstmuseum focuses on this locally rooted artist who had an international vision. From Italy to Skagen adds new facets to Wilhjelm himself, his time, and his circle with 60 pieces - some of which have not been exhibited since the artist was alive.


The exhibition takes place in collaboration with Skagen Kunstmuseer, and Ribe Kunstmuseum. A new book aboout Wilhjelm is published as well.