Hammershøi's subtle use of light, muted tones and choice of subject are clearly indebted to the Dutch seventeenth-century master Johannes Vermeer. Both artists favoured depictions of single female models posed in a simple room with an indirect light source. Hammershøi travelled to Holland in 1887 where he would have seen Vermeer's works first-hand. Like Vermeer's, Hammershøi's models adopt the same unselfconscious pose in calm, hermetically sealed interiors. Hammershøi's influence, in turn, can be felt in the works of succeeding generations of artists, architects, and film makers, including Edward Hopper, whose haunting interiors evoke a similar atmosphere of solitude and mystery; Ida Lorentzen, and Gerhard Richter.
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