Saturday, January 28, 2012

Hammershøi, Vilhelm

Interior with Young Woman from Behind
Oil on canvas
61 x 50.5 cm
Randers Kunstmuseum, Denmark

Vilhelm Hammershøi, in English Vilhelm Hammershoi (1864 – 1916), was a Danish painter. He painted portraits, landscapes and many room interiors which frequently contained a single figure that was seated or standing.

He married Ida in 1891 and she provided the inspiration for many of his future works and is often the lone figure seen in his paintings. They lived a quiet life, apart from Ida's reported fiery temperament, and had no children. They often travelled together throughout Europe. Later in his life he lived in the old merchant house in Copenhagen and he painted the interior of this house more than sixty times. Hammershøi died of throat cancer in 1916 in Copenhagen at the age of 52.