Valdemar Vincent Kornerup was born in Copenhagen and studied at the local Academy of Fine Arts. In 1887, he began travelling around Europe and visited France, Italy, Spain and Greece, before heading for Norway in 1898.

He painted many of these peaceful interior scenes throughout his career and several include figures undertaking regular everyday activities. There’s a sense of calmness and mild introversion in Kornerup’s works, which is sometimes reminiscent of his Danish contemporary, Vilhelm Hammershoi (1864-1916).