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Interior with an Easel, Bredgade 25

Vilhelm Hammershøi Danish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 691

An easel, positioned with only the back tantalizingly visible, stands alone in an empty room. Exquisitely modulated daylight pours in from unseen windows, casting cool light on the walls and floors. A geometric block of light floats on the wall behind the easel, giving the room a strange, otherworldly aura. In his resolve to overlay a rational order onto the spaces of his everyday life, Hammershøi was distinctively Danish. Here this aesthetic ideal is so far removed from the quotidian that the artist’s own home studio moves toward the transcendent realm.

Interior with an Easel, Bredgade 25, Vilhelm Hammershøi (Danish, Copenhagen 1864–1916 Copenhagen), Oil on canvas

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