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Coastal Landscape with Drifting Clouds

Carl Locher (b. 1851 - d. 1915)

A Danish realist painter who from an early age became a member of the Skagen group of painters., Carl Locher was best known for his seascapes.  He received his first training from his father who painted ship portraits for a living.

Even before he began his studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Art in 1872, he was encouraged by Holger Drachmann to spend a couple of months in Skagen, the artists colony in the far north of Denmark. He quickly completed paintings of the beach, some with fishing boats or wrecks. He also became interested in the horse-drawn carriage which travelled along the beach on its journey from Frederikshavn. In the 1870s, Locher continued his studies in Paris. He visited Skagen whenever he was back in Denmark. Ultimately he had a house built there where he lived until his death.

Coastal Landscape with Drifting Clouds is an interesting piece since it's one of the few seascape scenes with a view of the shore from the sea. Most others are views of the seas from the shore.

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