The J. Paul Getty Museum

Interior with an Easel, Bredgade 25

Object Details

Title:

Interior with an Easel, Bredgade 25

Artist/Maker:

Vilhelm Hammershøi (Danish, 1864 - 1916)

Culture:

Danish

Place:

Denmark (Place Created)

Date:

1912

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Object Number:

2018.59

Dimensions:

78.7 × 70.5 cm (31 × 27 3/4 in.)

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Object Description

Hammershøi is renowned for his meditative interior scenes, and this depiction of his apartment and studio at Bredgade 25 in Copenhagen is among the most imposing and mesmerizing of these. Sparsely furnished, the interior features only an artist's easel, a small side table visible through a half-open doorway, and a gilt-framed engraving hung high on the wall. Unseen windows cast large, geometric patches of cool sunlight on the walls and floors. The predominantly gray palette is restricted and sober, adding to the mysterious impression of emptiness and silence. Meticulously arranged and animated by a shimmering weave of thin, textured brushstrokes, the painting was executed near the end of Hammershøi's life when his international reputation was at its height.

Provenance
Provenance
1912

Leonard Borwick, British, 1868 - 1925 (London, England), purchased from the artist, 1912; sold to Adam Black, 1912.

1912 -

Adam Black, by inheritance to his heirs.

- 2018

Heirs of Adam Black [sold, Christie’s, New York, European Art: Part 1 sale, October 31, 2018, lot 14, through Jack Kilgore & Co., Inc. to the J. Paul Getty Museum.]

Bibliography
Bibliography

Michaëlis, Sophus, and Alfred Bramsen. Vilhelm Hammershøi: Kunstneren og hans Vaerk (Copenhagen: Gyldendalske Boghandel, Nordisk Forlag, 1918), p. 111, no. 354.

Vad, Poul. Vilhelm Hammershøi: Vaerk og Liv (Copenhagen: Gyldendal, 1988), p. 332.

Vad, Poul. Vilhelm Hammershøi and Danish Art at the Turn of the Century. Kenneth Tindall, trans. (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1992), p. 332.

Christie's, New York. European Art: Part 1. October 31, 2018, pp. 100-7, lot 14, ill.