Published on October 26th, 2017 | by Pola Otterstein
Living In The Shadow – Marie and Peder Severin Krøyer
Marie and Peder Severin Krøyer were a 19th to early 20th century couple, and while their marriage and lives were far from ideal, history judged them both to have been notable painters.
When Peder Severin Krøyer met the young Marie, he was already an established member of the Skagen Painters, living and working in Skagen. While his wife was never widely known as a painter during her lifetime, long after her death – in fact even long after the death of her daughter – she became recognized as one of the best Danish painters of her times.
Peder was quite a bit older than Marie, yet they madly fell in love with each other and married in 1889. The painter was enchanted by his wife’s beauty, which is reflected in many magical portraits of Marie Triepcke.
The marriage didn’t last very long, however, due to difficulties with Peder’s mental state, and even before it ended Marie was involved in an affair with another man. In 1905 they divorced, and Peder died at the age of 58 only four years later.
Even though Marie was a very talented painter, she lived her life as a painter in the shadow of her husband, who was the informal leader of the Skagen Painters. She also struggled with depression after the birth of their daughter and suffered from a lack of self-confidence, all of which led to her to have a negative view on exposing her talent. Nevertheless, she did enjoy success at designing furniture, and for a while was a successful architect. After divorcing Peder Severin Krøyer she re-married, but that relationship also ended in divorce.
Many of Krøyers’ artworks are in the permanent collection of the Skagens Museum. We encourage you to see this place!
In 2012, the director Bille August directed a movie about Marie and Peder Severin Krøyer and their twisted marriage called Marie Krøyer.