Lot 457
  • 457

CARL HOLSØE | A Room with Views

15,000 - 20,000 USD
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  • Carl Holsøe
  • A Room with Views 
  • signed C. Holsöe (lower right) 
  • oil on panel
  • 25 5/8 by 23 1/2 in.
  • 65.1 by 59.7 cm


The following condition report was kindly provided by Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc.: This work is painted on a composite board. There are two visible vertical joins to the board, one running through the paintings on the right side, and another running through the side of the doorway on the left. The work is clean and varnished. Remnants of old varnish are visible under ultraviolet light, but the only retouches are in the pale color in the upper left corner, where the artist's glaze had become uneven, and a few tiny dots in the upper left corner of the framed work in the upper left. The paint layer otherwise seems to be in beautiful condition, although it does read unevenly under ultraviolet light. The frame could be restored, but the painting can be hung in its current state.
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Catalogue Note

Enormously popular in his native Scandinavia and throughout the rest of Europe during his lifetime, Carl Holsøe studied with Vilhelm Hammershøi at the Royal Academy of Copenhagen and, together with Peder Ilsted, they formed the Danish School of Interior Painting. While their artistic ancestry is rooted in the formal traditions of the Dutch Golden Age, and Johannes Vermeer in particular, their approach is soft, stoic and with an original psychological complexity. This artistic connection is particularly evident in the present work, which emphasizes the effect of exterior light and the passage through interior spaces.