Exclusive: Bones and landscapes inspire Danish queen's art

Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:55am EST
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By John Acher

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark's Queen Margrethe II said that painting landscapes helps to recharge her batteries in an exclusive interview with Reuters ahead of this week's opening of a major exhibition for her art.

"The Essence of Colour. The Art of Queen Margrethe II" which runs from Saturday until July at the Arken Museum of Modern Art outside Copenhagen consists of 135 acrylic and watercolor paintings and decoupages made by the Danish monarch over the last 35 years.

The 71-year-old queen, who devotes one afternoon a week to painting in her studio, said on Wednesday that she was inspired by Denmark's landscape and admired its "Golden Age" painters.

"I've always loved the landscape, and as a child what I really wanted to do was draw landscapes when we had drawing lessons."

The exhibition includes some new works never displayed before and marks the 40th anniversary of the reign of Margrethe, who polls show is the most popular monarch in Europe.

The queen's fascination with colour, including deep blues and greens in large acrylic landscapes devoid of people, contrast with her more recent works - a series of bright yellow paintings showing bones, which she said began to preoccupy her as an artist, gradually replacing other elements of landscape.

"I started off with imaginary landscapes in blue and green, and they had sort of secrets in them...You might fall into them, fall right through them," she said.

"And then I started putting large stones in my landscapes...and then for some reason or other they began to turn into bones."   Continued...

<p>Denmark's Queen Margrethe II accepts the "Person of the Year" award during the Danish American Society Gala at the American Museum of Natural History in New York in this June 9, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Allison Joyce</p>