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Carl Vilhelm Holsøe
DAYDREAM AT THE WINDOW
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57
Carl Vilhelm Holsøe
DAYDREAM AT THE WINDOW
Estimate
20,00030,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Tableaux Dessins Sculptures 1300-1900

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Carl Vilhelm Holsøe
AARHUS 1863 – 1935 ASSERBO
DAYDREAM AT THE WINDOW
Signed lower right: C. Holsöe
Oil on canvas, unlined
48 x 41 cm ; 19 by 16 1/8  in.
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Catalogue Note

For the space of an instant, Holsøe seems to have suspended time: in a nearly empty room, with a piece of unfinished embroidery before her, a young woman seen from behind appears enclosed in a solitary reverie. This view of an interior with a door ajar is characteristic of a fashionable current in Danish painting at the end of the nineteenth century. Heir to the work of the Dutch masters of the seventeenth century and to the philosophy of Kierkegaard, this young school brought together Holsøe, Peter Ilsted (1861-1933) and the Hammershøi brothers, Vilhelm (1864-1916) and Svend (1873-1948). Holsøe studied with several of these artists at the Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and at the Kunstnernes Frie Studieskoler under Peder Severin Krøyer. Five portraits (ca. 1901) by Vilhelm Hammershøi attests to the enigmatic aspect of these artistic friendships.

Here Holsøe establishes a tonal poetics of greys and blacks filtered through the prism of a soft light radiating from the window. Taking centre stage, this light glides and reverberates over the surfaces of the bourgeois interior. The mirror imperceptibly reveals the imprints of a personality. A slight shading adds to the smooth, modern facture of the painting, contributing to the enigmatic effect of the silent atmosphere. The veiled faced of the woman in a dark dress reinforces the suggestion of a personal mental space, perhaps expressing boredom, anxiety or hope...

Tableaux Dessins Sculptures 1300-1900

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Paris