Midsummer Eve bonfire on Skagen's beach

Today we are mixing:

  • The Painting: “Midsummer Eve Bonfire on Skagen Beach” (1601-1602) by Peder Severin Krøyer
  • The Soundtrack: “Their Pie” & “Magna Carta” by Mark Orton (“Nebraska” Soundtrack)

About the Painting

Peder Severin Krøyer (23 July 1851 – 21 November 1909), professionally known as P. S. Krøyer, was a Danish painter.

Painted in 1906, “Midsummer Eve Bonfire on Skagen Beach” was P.S Krøyer’s last large figure painting. He gathers some of the major representatives of the art colony, members of the town’s bourgeoisie, as well as some of the residents of Skagen, in a large circle around the Midsummer eve bonfire on Skagen Sønderstrand.
Krøyer started the first sketch for the painting in 1892, but due to other commissions and illness, the picture was only completed 14 years later.

About the Soundtrack

Nebraska is a 2013 American black-and-white comedy-drama road film written by Bob Nelson and directed by Alexander Payne. It stars Bruce DernWill ForteJune Squibb, and Bob Odenkirk. The film follows an elderly Montana resident and his son as they try to claim a million-dollar sweepstakes prize on a long trip to Nebraska.

Mark Orton is an American composer and musician. An alumnus of the Peabody Conservatory and the Hartt School of Music, he is a founding member of the San Francisco-based Tin Hat chamber music group, and is best known for his score for the Academy Award-nominated film Nebraska (2013). A recipient of a Sundance Composer Fellowship and nominee for Best New Composer by The International Film Music Critics Association, some of his other film credits as a composer include The Good Girl (2002), My Old Lady (2014) and Sweet Land (2006), while he has written or performed songs in films including Everything Is Illuminated (2005) and The Boxtrolls (2014). Orton lives in Portland, Oregon.

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