Sale: Winkel and Magnussen, Copenhagen, 24 May 1932, lot 66
Sale: Christie's, London, 16 March 1989, lot 124
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner
Copenhagen, Kunstforeningen, Mindeudstilling, 1916, no. 152
Modum, Blaafarvevaerket, The Magic of Quietness, Ida Lorentzen and Vilhelm Hammershøi, 2005, no. 46, illustrated in the catalogue
Copenhagen, Ordrupgaad & Barcelona, Centre de Cultura Contemporània, Hammershøi-Dreyer, The Magic of Images, 2006-7, no. 18 (Copenhagen); no. 17 (Barcelona), illustrated in the catalogues
Alfred Bramsen & Sophus Michaëlis, Vilhelm Hammershøi. Kunstneren og hans værk, Copenhagen & Christiania, 1918, p. 97, no. 204, catalogued and discussed
Poul Vad, Hammershøi, Vaerk og liv, Copenhagen, 1988, p. 272, no. 177, illustrated
Philippe Delerm, Intérieur, Paris, 2001, p. 56, illustrated
Painted in 1900 in the artist's home at Strandgade 30.
The same corner of Hammershøi's salon features time and again in the artist's oeuvre, each time furnished differently. The apartment was Hammershøi's blank canvas, and he took pleasure in arranging and re-arranging the furniture and the paintings on the walls, each time producing a new composition of remarkable originality.
Describing the essence of Hammershøi's enigmatic interiors, Kirk Varnedoe commented: 'For Hammershøi the interior provides a retreat from modernity and the outside world. It is an inner sanctum of serene classical design, of fine objects filled with memories, and of mahogany furniture imbued with the past.' (Kirk Varnedoe, Northern Light, New Haven & London, 1988, p. 108).
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