Marie Krøyer (1867-1940)
Marie Martha Mathilde Triepcke began her artistic training in the early 1880's. In the summer of 1887, she visited Skagen for the first time, but none of her works are attributed to this visit, which was apparently a fairly brief one. In the winter of 1888/89, Marie stayed in Paris, where she met other Danish artists, including Anna Ancher. She became a part of the community of Scandinavian artists in the French capital, which also included P.S. Krøyer. They fell in love, were engaged and got married the same year. Marie returned to Skagen together with Krøyer in 1891. During the following years, she did not paint as often as previously; instead, she took an interest in interior decoration and design. She decorated much of the family's homes in both Skagen and Copenhagen. Several of the artists gave her recognition for her work as a designer and interior decorator, but her designs were never presented in any public exhibition. In 1902, Marie met the Swedish composer Hugo Alfvén with whom she started a relationship. Krøyer refused to divorce her, and Alfvén visited Marie in Skagen on several occasions while she was still married to Krøyer. It was not until 1905 – when Marie was expecting a child by Alfvén – that she and Krøyer separated. Later that year, the daughter Margita was born. After the divorce in 1906, Marie moved to Sweden where she lived until her death. She is buried at Leksand Cemetery together with her daughters Margita and Vibeke.