19th-Century Danish School Dark Interior Scene With Lady Sewing

19th-Century Danish School Dark Interior Scene With Lady Sewing

An unusual and highly atmospheric early 20th-century Danish interior scene.

At first glance, your eye is drawn to the strong light that enters through a window directly in front of you. A voile is diffusing the glare, which gently illuminates several objects. On your right, an old piano stands silently - while on the left various artworks are partially lit.

Through the centre of the composition, a large dining table appears to be set with a single meal and a solitary chair. It captures the imagination - who lives here? Why is the table set at all? And it’s then, only at this point, do you see the figure - a lady quietly sewing on your left - almost in complete darkness.

This fascinating old piece is quite a mystery - not only for its intriguing composition and unusual perspective - but also with regards to its creator. It’s certainly influenced by the master of Danish interior scenes, Vilhelm Hammershoi (1864-1916), but it’s uniquely dark and alluring.

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The painting is unsigned but once bore a label. It’s housed within a good later frame.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 37” x 31½” / 94cm x 80cm
Year of creation: c. 1900
Provenance: Denmark
Condition: Craquelure but the paint is stable. Small areas of restoration. Canvas relined. Frame with some light age-related wear.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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