Catalogue entry

Vilhelm Hammershøi 1864-1916

N04509 Interior, Sunlight on the Floor 1906

Inscribed 'VH' b.r.
Oil on canvas (exposed surface only), 20 1/4 x 17 3/8 (51.5 x 44). A further 10cm. of the painted surface has been folded back on the left, and 4cm. on the right. Michaëlis and Bramsen give the original dimensions as 19 3/4 x 21 1/4 (50 x 55)
Purchased from Mrs Ethel Hales (Clarke Fund) 1930
Prov: Leonard Borwick, London; Mrs Ethel Hales, Writtle, 1924
Exh: Opening Exhibition of the Modern Foreign Gallery, Tate Gallery, June-October 1926 (works not numbered), as 'Sunlight on the Floor'
Lit: Sophus Michaëlis and Alfred Bramsen, Vilhelm Hammershøi (Copenhagen-Christiana 1918), No.284, p.105 as 'Stue' 1906
Repr: Studio, XLVII, 1909, p.256 as 'The Quiet Room' (this shows the picture in its present state)

Described by Michaëlis and Bramsen as follows: 'To the left is a table with a white tablecloth, which is cut by the edge of the frame, and further, a woman in black standing between the table and the wall at the back. The owner [Leonard Borwick] has folded the canvas back so that the figure is unseen, as it did not seem to him to equalize with the other parts of the picture'. This was evidently done early on, as the reproduction in The Studio in 1909 shows the picture in its present state. The concealed parts are still there, but have suffered considerable paint losses.

The picture as it is today is rather similar to a painting of 1900 (Michaëlis-Bramsen No.283) known as 'Dust in a Shaft of Sunlight', which appears to show the same room and the same window, but with a different effect of light and shade. The room is apparently one in Hammershøi's house at Strandgade 30, Copenhagen.

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