Designer, painter and trained ceramicist, Svend Hammershøi was the younger brother of Vilhelm Hammershøi (lot 4). He studied in 1889 at a technical school in Copenhagen before being admitted to the Kongelige Akademi for de Skonne Kunster. In 1944 he received the Eckersberg medal. While Vilhelm focused on interiors, Svend preferred open air landscapes and historic buildings often obscured by leafless branches on cold winter days. As in most of Svend's compositions, colours of olive-green and ochreous red emphasize both of his favorite themes: trees and architecture. In this painting, a poetic dimension is evoked by the trees dominating the foreground.