Vilhelm Hammershoi

Interior

1899

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 645 x 581 mm
frame: 725 x 660 x 63 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented in memory of Leonard Borwick by his friends through the Art Fund 1926
Reference
N04106

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As in this case, the interiors by the Danish artist Hammershoi are usually of his own house in Copenhagen. Several others also include a figure seen from behind, but many are of the empty rooms. He travelled and exhibited in Europe, and was well known in London early in this century. He had lived here in 1896-7, partly in the hope of meeting Whistler, whom he admired.

Gallery label, January 1990

Catalogue entry

Vilhelm Hammershøi 1864-1916

N04106 Interior 1899

Inscribed 'VH' b.r.
Oil on canvas, 25 3/8 x 22 3/4 (64 x 58)
Presented in memory of Leonard Borwick by his friends through the NACF 1926
Prov: Leonard Borwick, London (gift from the artist 1903)
Exh: International Society, London, January-March 1904 (196) as 'Interior'; Oil Paintings by the Danish Artist Vilhelm Hammershøi, E.J. van Wisselingh, London, June 1907 (8); Opening Exhibition of the Modern Foreign Gallery, Tate Gallery, June-October 1926 (works not numbered)
Lit: Sophus Michaëlis and Alfred Bramsen, Vilhelm Hammershøi (Copenhagen-Christiana 1918), No.196, pp.58-9, 97 as 'Stue' 1899
Repr: A.L. Baldry, Contemporary Figure Painters (London 1925), pl.10 in colour as 'Tournez s'il vous plaît'; NACF: Twenty-Third Annual Report, 1926 (London 1927), p.40

A room in the artist's house at Strandgade 30, Copenhagen, where he lived from 1899 to 1909.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.352, reproduced p.352

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