Laurits Tuxen (1853-1927)
Laurits Tuxen grew up in Copenhagen. His father was a marine officer, and originally Tuxen wanted to become a marine painter. At the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, however, he and Krøyer were considered to be among the best students, and he was therefore encouraged to take up figure painting which was regarded as the finest genre of painting.
Tuxen first came to Skagen in 1870, and he returned on several occasions during the 1870's. However, it took more than 20 years before he came back to stay in Skagen in 1901. In the intervening period, he travelled a lot, completing a number of large works commissioned by the royalties and nobilities of Europe. Tuxen's first wife, the Belgian Ursule de Baisieux, died from tuberculosis in 1899. In 1901, he married the Norwegian Frederikke Treschow, and they settled in Copenhagen together with Tuxen's two daughters, Yvonne and Nina. Later that year the couple purchased Madam Bendsen's house in Skagen and rebuilt it into a stately summer residence, which in 1908 was given the name Dagminne – Dag Memorial – in memory of Princess Dagmar's visit to Skagen that year. In the following years, Tuxen painted a number of pictures in and around Skagen. However, he was preoccupied with the near motifs: family, friends, landscape, sea and the garden flowers. Furthermore, he took a vivid interest in the foundation of Skagens Museum.