Carl Locher (1851-1915)
Before Carl Locher began his studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1872, he was given lessons by Holger Drachmann for a couple of months. Prompted by Drachmann, Locher first came to Skagen in 1872. He became fascinated by the area and made numerous paintings with motifs from the beach of Skagen. He has made several paintings of fishing vessels or wrecked boats on the beach. Another of his favourite motifs was the period's prevailing means of transportation from Frederikshavn to Skagen, a horse-drawn carriage which made part of the journey along the beach. In these works, no or just very few tiny human figures are shown. Locher went to Paris in the 1870's to continue his studies there, but he would still visit Skagen whenever he was back in Denmark. During his first visits to Skagen he lived with the lighthouse keeper at Grenen; later he lived and worked in a felt tent which he set up different places on the beaches around Skagen. In 1910, he built a house at the Southern beach in Skagen's East Town where he lived until his death. Locher also made numerous etchings, and in the autumn of 1897 and with financial backing from the Danish State he opened an etching school for Danish artists in Copenhagen. Here, he taught until 1900, and both Anna and Michael Ancher and P.S. Krøyer visited the school.