Carl Vilhelm Meyer

The Artist’s Daughters

Carl Vilhelm Meyer

The Artist’s Daughters

A wonderful depiction of the artist’s daughters dressed in matching outfits by Carl Vilhelm Meyer (1870-1938).

The beauty and delicacy of this exquisite piece cannot be overstated and it’s one of the finest we’ve ever had here at Brave.

Note how the light falls across the taller sister’s face as she looks down towards her hand. This well observed and intelligent detail guides our eye towards the interaction between them and then finally onto the other sister.

Where do you think the girls are heading? Perhaps they’re dressed for church on a Sunday morning or off to meet extended family? Do they like each other? Is it a moment of affection or is she squeezing her finger?

Carl Meyer often painted everyday family scenes and many included his own daughters. He was also a conscientious artist that tended to depict the most downtrodden in society. He painted with empathy for those who had little and as such was often referred to as the ‘poor man’s painter’.

The painting is signed/dated in the lower right.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 29” x 31½” / 73cm x 80cm
Year of creation: 1911
Provenance: Denmark
Condition: Overall very presentable. Frame with some light age-related wear.
Artist’s auction highlight: £12,100 achieved for ‘A young girl in an interior’ at Sotheby’s in 1989.

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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