Harald Slott-Møller

Slott-Møller, Harald

1864 Copenhagen ‐ 1937 Copenhagen

Information about the artist

Harald Slott-Møller is a representative of the newromantic trend. He was a student of the Academy in Copenhagen in 1883-86 and of P. S. Kröyer. Several times he traveled with his wife Agnes, who was also a painter, to Italy, France and England. They became friends with the leading Danish painters of the time, like Michael Ancher, Laurits Tuxen and Marie Krøyer. Together with Johan Rohde, J.F. Willumsen, Vilhelm Hammershøi and Christian Mourier-Petersen, they founded an artists' association in protest of the rejections of the Charlottenburg exhibition and in 1891 organized a free exhibition that was a great success with 20,000 visitors. In the 1890s, Harald Slott-Møller changed his artistic direction into a form that combined symbolism and naturalism. What distinguishes this work is the stylization, the decorative surface effect, the mixture of materials, the bright colours and the symbolic content as well as the special frames of Skønvirke style, which play with the content of the painting. From 1902-06 he was Artistic Director of the faience factory Aluminia in Copenhagen, as Slott-Møller saw art as a link between spiritual and everyday life and designed everyday objects.

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