Paintings on display at Danes Hall
Winchester Academy speaker to discuss 19th century Skagen artists
Dr. Michael Koehler will present “The Artwork at Danes Hall: The Skagen Painters of Denmark” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15.
Hosted by Winchester Academy, Koehler’s program will be live and in person at Danes Hall, 301 N. Main Street, in Waupaca.
Koehler, a chemist by day, is passionate about the history of Danish American immigrants as seen in his restoration of Danes Hall of Waupaca.
Danes Hall was built in 1894, when Denmark was undergoing dramatic social and political change and Danish immigration to Wisconsin was peaking. Per census figures, more than 50% of Waupaca residents in 1910 were Danish immigrants.
Denmark’s Skagen painters of this era reflected the social and political changes of Europe as they moved away from realistic paintings and adopted the French impressionist forms of rural landscapes and seascapes, including paintings of social gatherings and working farmers and fishermen.
Danes Hall holds a historic collection of paintings from the Skagen Painters, representing the art and culture of those Danes who settled in Wisconsin.
The paintings are from Koehler’s personal collection.
Koehler will present a program, along with slides, in the upper level ballroom of Danes Hall. Following his presentation, viewers will walk through Danes Hall and enjoy a discussion of the artists, the paintings and the culture of 19th century Danes.
This program is free and open to the public; pre-registration is not required. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Unvaccinated people must wear masks.
Danes Hall of Waupaca is the program sponsor.