Glædelig jul fra Danmark
Merry Christmas from Denmark
Viggo Johansen (January 3, 1851- December 18, 1935) envisioned Christmas as a time for children as can be seen by the two paintings, A Christmas Story and Merry Christmas. The lights shine brightly as children look with wonderment at the decorated tree. There are no presents (or very few) under the tree, a mellow affirmation that the love of family was the best gift of all. The gentle mother and child story time moment brings back memories shared with parents.
Viggo Johansen was one of Denmark’s most important painters of the 1800’s. He belonged to a group called the Skagen Painters who met in the summer months in the fishing village of Skagen, located in the northernmost part of Denmark. Nature and the welcome tranquility of the small village was a perfect setting paint en plein air, emulating the French Impressionists.