The Skaw Painters
The Skaw painters were a Danish colony of artist that settled in the Skaw during the modern breakthrough 1870-1900. The Skaw painters are commonly viewed as having started with the summer retreat of Karl Madsen at the Skaw in 1873. Following this the art colony grew as more and more artist came to paint in the special light that is found at the Skaw making the place attractive for artists.
Among the most famous Skaw painters are P. S. Kroyer and Michael Ancher. Anna Ancher the wife of Michael Ancher was the only Skaw painter to have actual been born at the Skaw herself. She was the daughter of the owner of Hotel Brøndum, which was popular among the painters coming to the Skaw. The painters often paid for the stay with paintings leading to the hotel having a large collection of paintings that can be seen at the skaw art museum today and some are still at the hotel.
Many of the works of the Skaw painters can be seen at the art museum at the Skaw and in The Hirschsprung Collection in Copenhagen.
As part of the modern breakthrough the Skaw painters focused strongly on realism in their paintings. The paintings often portray the local fishermen doing their often dangerous work. Furthermore many of the paintings show the Skaw painters at social gartherings.