Portrait of Vilhelm Hammershøi

Peter Ilsted Danish
Sitter Vilhelm Hammershøi Danish

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This portrait follows the common Danish practice of depicting artists from the chest up against an almost blank ground. Expertly wielding the etching needle, Ilsted created a convincing portrayal of the unruly long hair, goatee, and beard Hammershøi favored later in life. This image echoes the stiff, formal profile pose the artist assumed in a photograph from about the same time. The print, rich in chiaroscuro, shows Hammershøi looking off evasively into the distance with his eyes half-open, suggesting someone lost in his own elusive thoughts.

Portrait of Vilhelm Hammershøi, Peter Ilsted (Danish, Sakskøbing 1861–1933 Copenhagen), Etching

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