Anna Ancher, born Anna Brøndum, grew up in Skagen, where her father ran a hotel. She studied drawing in Copenhagen and Paris and became known for her colourful, realist paintings, often depicting scenes of Danish life. She married Michael Ancher in 1880, the year after he completed his painting Will He Round the Point?, which was later sold to Christian IX of Denmark. With a title probably drawn from Holger Drachmann's short story of the same name (1875), Will He Round the Point served to draw international attention both to Ancher, and to the community of 'Skagen painters' to which he and his wife belonged. It was also a painting typical of his lifelong interest in scenes showing the local fishing community.
Michael and Anna Ancher settled in what would become 'Anchers Hus' in 1884, expanded the building to add a studio annexe in 1913, and continued to live and work here until their deaths in 1927 and 1935 respectively. After the death of their daughter, Helga, in 1964, Anchers Hus became a museum. Today it displays a collection of the couple's paintings as well as their original furniture and interiors, and puts on an ongoing programme of temporary exhibitions.
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