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Fisher Woman in Profile

Close up of Fisher Woman in Profile

Painting of a light-skinned, older woman in profile, wearing a rust-brown headscarf with beige and yellow embroidered detail along the bottom, rendered loosely, against a dark background.

Anna Kirstine Ancher, Fisher Woman in Profile, 1892; Oil on panel, 12 13/16 x 9 5/8 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Jo Francis and John Fuegi; Photo by Lee Stalsworth

Fisher Woman in Profile
Anna Ancher

Figures in profile, especially women, often appear in Anna Ancher’s paintings. Influenced by the tenets of Realism, Ancher directly observed her subjects and portrayed them in an un-idealized manner. Bust-length paintings of a solitary figure against a dark background are frequently seen in the work of 17th-century northern European artists like Rembrandt, whose work Ancher would have seen in museums on her travels throughout Europe.

The woman in this image is likely a local resident of Skagen. Most of the town’s population made their living by fishing in the waters of the Skagerrak, a strait that connects the North Sea to the Baltic Sea. Characteristic of Ancher’s figures, the sitter does not make eye contact with the viewer. Stylistically, this painting shows Ancher’s tendency to juxtapose relatively unblended fields of color, as seen in the woman’s clothing, particularly in the suggestion of pattern on her headscarf.

Artwork Details

  • Artist

    Anna Ancher
  • Title

    Fisher Woman in Profile
  • Date

    1892
  • Medium

    Oil on panel
  • Dimensions

    12 7/8 x 9 5/8 in.
  • Donor Credit

    Gift of Jo Francis and John Fuegi
  • Photo Credit

    Lee Stalsworth
  • On Display

    Yes