Michael Ancher was a Danish Impressionist painter and co-founder of the Skagen School.
In 1870-71 he moved to Copenhagen, where he initially attended drawing classes by C.V. Nielsen, later he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. During his studies he traveled to Paris and Italy among other destinations. His first exhibition took place in 1874. In 1884 Ancher settled in Skagen on the northern tip of Denmark. It was there, where he founded, alongside with his wife, the painter Anna Ancher, and other friends, the Impressionist Skagen School.