Michael Ancher grew up on the island of Bornholm. When he was 16 he began training as a clerk at the Kalø Manor on the Djursland Peninsula. Here he began to draw and paint in his free time and this led to him gaining admission to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts where he was Pupil of Wilhelm Marstrand and Frederik Vermehren. Michael Ancher came to Skagen in 1874 when he was 25. He was among the first artists that began to show an interest in Skagen, and he was the only one that settled permanently in the town. Michael Ancher is famous for his depictions of the Skagen fishermen, and particularly of the drama of life and death involved in the many rescue operations that were so much a part of the fishermen’s lives. In his large-scale figure paintings he combined the classical composition principles of historical paintings with captivating realism. Michael Ancher has been exhibited world wide.
Michael Ancher is listed in artprice.com where a painting was sold for $54,205.(Bruun Rasmussen, Copenhagen. 05-03-2003. Lot no: 1511)