Anna Petersen, 1884 - Breton Girl Looking After Plants in the Hothouse - fine art print

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Artwork description as provided from the museum (© - Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark) -

In Anna Petersen’s day women were not allowed to vote, nor to enrol at the Academy of Fine Arts. The artist has shown this woman engaged in thought rather than labour, thereby manifesting how women are independent, thinking beings in their own right.


The girl looking after plants in a hothouse is not, in fact, looking after anything while she is being painted. This may be because she is modelling, but also because she has an inner life of such strength and fervour that she cannot simply just toil. In the 1880s, painting women with inner lives of their own clearly demonstrates how women are arriving at a new sense of self-worth. They are not simply the property of men, nor are they unthinking creatures ruled by their urges. This woman is her own mistress, and she knows how to cultivate nature. She lives at a time ripe for replanting in order for new flowers to grow - both at a concrete level and metaphorically.

"What we want"

Anna Petersen was a friend of Anna Ancher, Marie Luplau, Emilie Mundt, and Bertha Wegmann. They were not allowed to enrol at the Academy of Arts, nor to vote, but fervently wished for those rights - if not for themselves, then at least for future generations of women. Despite these restrictions, Anna Petersen was quite successful as an artist for a while. In 1899, Marie Luplau wrote a description of Anna Petersen’s paintings in the journal "Hvad vi vil. Organ for Kvindesagen - Fredssagen - Arbejdersagen" ("What We Want. A Journal for The Women’s Cause - The Peace Cause - The Workers’ Cause"), stating that they might seem slightly dry, but that the artist excelled at working with "the Atmosphere of the scene". Despite the support of her friends, whose numbers included the highly influential J.F. Willumsen, Anna Petersen sold no works to museums while she lived, and she suffered from a growing "nervous restlessness" that gradually robbed her of the ability to work.

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Piece of art background information

Piece of art title: "Breton Girl Looking After Plants in the Hothouse"
Artwork categorization: painting
Art categorization: modern art
Time: 19th century
Artpiece year: 1884
Artwork age: more than 130 years
Exhibited in: Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark)
Location of the museum: Copenhagen, Denmark
Website of the museum: Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark)
Artwork license type: public domain
Courtesy of: National Gallery of Denmark

Artist summary

Artist: Anna Petersen
Artist gender: female
Artist nationality: Danish
Jobs: painter
Country: Denmark
Artist classification: modern artist
Art styles: Realism
Life span: 65 years
Year of birth: 1845
Place of birth: Copenhagen
Died in the year: 1910
Place of death: Copenhagen

About the article

Print prodct: art reproduction
Reproduction method: digital reproduction
Manufacturing process: digital printing
Manufacturing: Germany
Stock type: production on demand
Product use: wall picture, gallery wall
Alignment: portrait alignment
Aspect ratio: length : width - 1 : 1.2
Meaning of aspect ratio: the length is 20% shorter than the width
Available reproduction materials: poster print (canvas paper), acrylic glass print (with real glass coating), metal print (aluminium dibond), canvas print
Canvas on stretcher frame (canvas print): 50x60cm - 20x24", 100x120cm - 39x47", 150x180cm - 59x71"
Acrylic glass print (with real glass coating) size variants: 50x60cm - 20x24", 100x120cm - 39x47", 150x180cm - 59x71"
Poster print (canvas paper) size options: 50x60cm - 20x24", 100x120cm - 39x47"
Aluminium dibond print (aluminium material) sizes: 50x60cm - 20x24", 100x120cm - 39x47"
Art print framing: no frame

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About the artwork created by the Realist artist Anna Petersen

The more than 130 year old masterpiece was painted by the female artist Anna Petersen. Besides, this artpiece is in the the digital art collection of Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark). The modern art public domain piece of art is being provided with courtesy of National Gallery of Denmark.The creditline of the artwork is: . What is more, the alignment of the digital reproduction is portrait with a side ratio of 1 : 1.2, meaning that the length is 20% shorter than the width. Anna Petersen was a painter of Danish nationality, whose style can primarily be assigned to Realism. The Danish artist lived for a total of 65 years and was born in 1845 in Copenhagen and died in the year 1910 in Copenhagen.

Important legal note: We try the best we can to describe our products as exact as possible and to display them visually in our shop. Still, the colors of the print products and the print result can differ to a certain extent from the representation on the screen. Depending on the settings of your screen and the nature of the surface, not all color pigments will be printed 100% realistically. Bearing in mind that the are processed and printed manually, there might also be slight variations in the size and exact position of the motif.

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