Johannes Larsen, the Danish Bird Painter

Johannes Larsen (born 1867- 1961) was a Danish painter specialising in painting birds. He was born and died in the small coastal town of Kerteminde on the island of Funen.

Recently, my husband and I drove two hours to visit this lovely place with a museum and the painter’s home and garden. We have an artist friend, Simon Bang from Copenhagen, who had a massive painting at a special exhibition on birds. We wanted to see his image among the other selected items.

In this blog, I will show you the surroundings and selected pictures from the special exhibition. For once, we had sunshine and a blue sky which made the trip more memorable.

The Johannes Larsen museum’s garden and buildings in Kerteminde

The Special Exhibition on birds

Simon Bang is our good friend. He is both a gifted painter and filmmaker on historical subjects. His large painting “Landscape with 9 Storks 2021” had a central place at the exhibition. We had a guided tour of the works, and the guide mentioned that people objected to the number of storks. The tenth bird is not a stork, though.

Johannes Larsen’s Home and paintings

Please have a look at more of Johannes Larsen’s paintings!

When I was about nine years old, my grandmother gave me Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling” with illustrations by Johannes Larsen. Somehow, I have lost it after all these years. Luckily, I found a new book edition in the museum’s shop.


  1. What a delightful exhibition. I will comment on only Simon Bangs painting of the nine storks. The painting of the birds are great but I really liked the way he painted the scenery in red. Very spectacular.

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    • I will love to tell him what you wrote here. This use of colours is his style. On another note, he just got rewarded for a documentary film on his maternal grandfather, who sailed as a captain for more than fifty years on all the seas. Survived both the first and the second world Wars but not without scars


    • Thanks Palsoren, I am very happy about your comment about my painting. Thanks for watching. The painting is large: it measures 150 x 300 cm and seems fierce with its flaming colors, the 9 storks and one pelican.

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