Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Hammershøi, Vilhelm

Interior with Woman at Piano
oil on canvas
22.0 x 17.3 inch (56 x 44 cm)
private collection

Vilhelm Hammershøi, in English Vilhelm Hammershoi (1864 – 1916), was a Danish painter. He is known for his poetic, low-key portraits and interiors.

He worked mainly in his native city Copenhagen, painting portraits, architecture, and interiors. He also journeyed to the surrounding countryside and locations beyond, where he painted rolling hills, stands of trees, farm houses, and other landscapes. He is most celebrated for his interiors, many of which he painted in the old merchant house in Copenhagen where he lived with his wife. He travelled widely in Europe.

Hammershøi's wife figures in many of his interiors, often depicted from behind.
He is now one of the best-known artists in Scandinavia, and comprehensive retrospectives of his work have been organized by the Musée d'Orsay in Paris and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.