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PROPERTY FROM A DANISH PRIVATE COLLECTION

Vilhelm Hammershøi
DANISH
FROM REFSNÆS
Estimate
150,000250,000
JUMP TO LOT
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PROPERTY FROM A DANISH PRIVATE COLLECTION

Vilhelm Hammershøi
DANISH
FROM REFSNÆS
Estimate
150,000250,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

19th Century European Paintings

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Vilhelm Hammershøi
1864 - 1916
DANISH
FROM REFSNÆS

Provenance

Ida Mathilde Koch (by 1918)
Svend Koch (inherited from the above, his sister)
By descent to the present owner, great grandson of the above

 

Literature

Alfred Bramsen & Sophus Michaëlis, Vilhelm Hammershøi. Kunstneren og hans værk, Copenhagen & Christiania, 1918, no. 210, catalogued (as Landskab. Refsnæs Sommer, 1900)

Catalogue Note

Painted in 1900 and pared down almost to abstraction, From Refsnæs bears witness to Hammershøi's on-going - and lesser known - fascination for landscape painting. By now installed at Strandgade 30, the Copenhagen apartment that was the subject of his most famous interiors, Hammershøi nevertheless took time to engage with the great outdoors. The subject of the present work is the peninsula of Refsnæs (or Røsnæs), part of the remote north western promontory of Zealand which was within easy reach of the capital. The strata of sky, dune, and prairie border on the abstract, putting Hammershøi ahead of his time. As in his interiors, Hammershøi creates a hermetically sealed world, denying the viewer almost every frame of reference to the wider world beyond a tantalising glimpse of the sea on the far left.

The present work relates to a version of the same subject in the Thielska Galleriet, Stockholm, measuring 58 by 71cm (fig. 1).

19th Century European Paintings

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