Peder Severin Krøyer (1851 – 1909), professionally known as P. S. Krøyer, was a Danish painter.
Krøyer was born in Stavanger, Norway, on 23 July 1851 to Ellen Cecilie Gjesdal. He was raised by Gjesdal’s sister, Bertha Cecilie and brother-in-law, the Danish zoologist Henrik Nikolai Krøyer, after his mother was judged unfit to care for him. Krøyer moved to Copenhagen to live with his foster parents soon afterward. Having begun his art education at the age of nine under private tutelage, he was enrolled in Copenhagen’s Technical Institute the following year.
In 1870 at the age of 19 Krøyer completed his studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Art. In 1873 he was awarded the gold medal, as well as a scholarship.
Krøyer’s best known and best-loved work is entitled Summer Evening on Skagen’s Southern Beach. He painted many beach scenes featuring both recreation life on the beach (bathers, strollers), and local fishermen.
Another well-loved work is Midsummer Eve Bonfire on Skagen Beach. This large-scale work features a great crowd of the artistic and influential Skagen community gathered around a large bonfire on the beach on Saint John’s Eve (Midsummer Eve).