Interior with an Easel, Bredgade 25 (detail), 1912, Vilhelm Hammershøi. Oil on canvas. Getty Museum

Hammershøi’s Shadow


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One of Getty’s most beguiling paintings, Interior with an Easel, Bredgade 25 (1912) by Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi is prominently featured in the exhibition Beyond the Light: Identity and Place in 19th-Century Danish Art. Join Dr. Bridget Alsdorf as she delves into Hammershøi's work, examining the long tradition of "artist’s studio" interiors; the role his wife, Ida, played as his primary model/collaborator; and the artist's impact on later Danish film. She explores shadow in Hammershøi’s work not only as a shape-shifting painterly motif, but also as a metaphor for the pairings—past, present, and future—vital to understanding his work.

Dr. Bridget Alsdorf is professor of Nineteenth-Century European Art at Princeton University. She has lectured and published internationally on modern art, and is the author of two books, Fellow Men: Fantin-Latour and the Problem of the Group in Nineteenth-Century French Painting (2013) and Gawkers: Art and Audience in Late Nineteenth-Century France (2022). With the support of a 2023 Guggenheim Fellowship and a grant from the American-Scandinavian Foundation, she is working on a new book about intimacy and collaboration in modern Scandinavian painting, photography, and silent film.

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