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Study of Light in a Vaulted Interior

Artist:
Wilhelm Bendz (Danish, Odense 1804–1832 Vicenza)
Medium:
Oil on paper, laid down on canvas
Dimensions:
6 1/8 x 8 1/4 in. (15.6 x 21 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Thaw Collection, Jointly Owned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Morgan Library & Museum, Gift of Eugene V. Thaw, 2009
Accession Number:
2009.400.3
Not on view
Inscription: Signed (lower right): Bendz
sale, Museumsbygningen Kunstauktioner, Copenhagen, December 2, 1999, no. 98; private collection, Denmark; sale, Bruun Rasmussen, Copenhagen, February 29, 2000, no. 323, bought in; [Galerie Jean-François Heim, Paris]; Eugene V. Thaw, New York (until 2009)
New York. Pierpont Morgan Library. "The Thaw Collection: Master Drawings and Oil Sketches, Acquisitions Since 1994," September 27, 2002–January 19, 2003, no. 98 (as "Study of Light Under a Roof').

Kathleen Stuart in The Thaw Collection: Master Drawings and Oil Sketches, Acquisitions Since 1994. Exh. cat., Pierpont Morgan Library. New York, 2002, pp. 212–13, no. 98, ill. (color), describes its moody atmosphere and nearly abstract form, which she compares to that of "View Towards Hoher Göll from Ramsau" (private collection), a late landscape oil study Bendz made on a sketching trip in the Austrian Alps; notes that this similarity indicates the MMA picture may also date from very late in the artist's short oeuvre.

Esther Bell. "Catalogue Raisonné of the Thaw Collection." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. Ed. Jennifer Tonkovich. New York, 2011, p. 102, no. 2, ill. (color), calls it "Study of Light in a Vaulted Interior".



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