Carl Locher
Carl Locher was a Danish realist
Realism (arts)
Realism in the visual arts and literature refers to the general attempt to depict subjects "in accordance with secular, empirical rules", as they are considered to exist in third person objective reality, without embellishment or interpretation...

 painter who from an early age became a member of the Skagen group
Skagen Painters
The Skagen Painters were a group of Scandinavian artists who gathered in the area of Skagen, the northernmost part of Denmark, from the late 1870s until the turn of the century...

 of painters.


Carl Locher was born on 21 November 1851 in Flensburg
Flensburg is an independent town in the north of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. Flensburg is the centre of the region of Southern Schleswig...

 in the Duchy of Schleswig which was then part of Denmark. From an early age he took an interest in ships and received his first training from his father who painted ship portrait
Marine art
Marine art or maritime art is any form of figurative art that portrays or draws its main inspiration from the sea. Maritime painting is a genre that depicts ships and the sea—a genre particularly strong from the 17th to 19th centuries...

s for a living. After the father passed away, Carl continued his business for a short while and went on several voyages with ships of the Royal Danish Navy
Royal Danish Navy
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. Struck by the grandeur of the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
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, voyage to the Danish West Indies
Danish West Indies
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 made a particular impression on him.

Even before he began his studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Art
Royal Danish Academy of Art
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts has provided a practice-oriented complement to the scholarly investigation of the arts carried out at Danish universities for more than 250 years, playing a crucial part in the development of the distinctive tradition of the art of Denmark.- History :The Royal...

 in 1872, he was encouraged by Holger Drachmann
Holger Drachmann
Holger Henrik Herholdt Drachmann , was a Danish poet and dramatist. He is an outstanding figure of the Modern Break-Through....

 to spend a couple of months in Skagen, the artists colony in the far north of Jutland
Jutland , historically also called Cimbria, is the name of the peninsula that juts out in Northern Europe toward the rest of Scandinavia, forming the mainland part of Denmark. It has the North Sea to its west, Kattegat and Skagerrak to its north, the Baltic Sea to its east, and the Danish–German...

. He quickly completed paintings of the beach, some with fishing boats or wrecks. He also became interested in the horse-drawn carriage which travelled along the beach on its journey from Frederikshavn.

In the 1870s, Locher continued his studies in Paris
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 but he visited Skagen whenever he was back in Denmark. Ultimately he had a house built there where he lived until his death.

Supported by the State, he opened an etching school for Danish artists in Copenhagen
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 where he taught until 1900. Skagen painters such as Anna Ancher
Anna Ancher
Anna Ancher was a Danish artist associated with the Skagen Painters, an artists' colony in the very north of Jutland.-Background:...

 and Michael Ancher and P.S. Krøyer attended the school.
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