Enormously popular in his native Scandinavia and throughout the rest of Europe during his lifetime, Carl Holsøe had studied with Vilhelm Hammershoi at the Royal Academy of Copenhagen and, together with Peder Ilsted, they formed the Danish School of Interior Painting. Their influence on one another is palpable in works such as Interior, Light of Spring
. It epitomizes the effects for which they are most celebrated: an atmosphere that is dense, introspective, and immensely alluring to a modern aesthetic.
As in many of his best works, here Holsøe has lingered over an intelligent play of reflected light and color and included a figure looking away, yielding her identity to the viewer's imagination.