A booklet containing numerous essential articles about Hugo Larsen has been published in 2006 in connection with the Hugo Larsen exhibition. The book is written by the domain experts and is thoroughly illustrated with color reproductions of Hugo Larsen paintings and drawings.
"Hugo Larsen in the Danish West Indies 1904-07", 80 pages, semi-hard cover.
Publisher: Øregaard Museum, Denmark.
Price: Appr. 27 USD plus shipment.
In Hugo Larsen's production, the charcoal and pencil drawings from the Danish West Indies have a unique position. Few white artists had an interest in making realistic pictures of the local people of colour. And even fewer were allowed to get close enough to see and depict the everyday life. But Hugo Larsen did. By his modest bearing and sincere interest he managed to see and depict the local population in their daily life.
This is unique and great art. And it is also a unique history that no one else has told. It is a mystery to me that these drawings are not very well known in the U.S. Virgin Islands today.
There are some oil paintings of the local population and a few are reproduced in the gallery of West indian paintings, but the local demand for art has probably not been very high so most of Hugo Larsen's pictures of the local population and their life are pencil and charcoal drawings. They are simple and realistic and they express a deep empathy.
Most of the original drawings which are reproduced here, are currently on display at the special Hugo Larsen exhibition at Øregaard Museum in Copenhagen.
The Virtual Gallery:
Hugo Larsen's West Indian paintings
Hugo Larsen's West Indian drawings
Portraits by Hugo Larsen
Hugo Larsen's Muses
Family and Self Portraits
Other Works by Hugo Larsen
Sketches and drawings by Hugo Larsen
I would be very happy to receive photos of Hugo Larsen paintings. If you are not familiar with making photos of paintings, please visit my small guide.
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