Florence Abrahamson

Interior Scene With Seated Woman

Florence Abrahamson

Interior Scene With Seated Woman

An enigmatic interior scene by Swedish-Danish artist, Florence Olga Abrahamson (1877-1965). It’s a piece that gives you a little more every time you view it.

What’s the story here? Why is she sitting with her back turned to the window? Are the flowers deliberately shown as drawn towards the light? Could this be a symbolic reference for a woman trapped within her society?

Abrahamson was of Jewish descent and spent her early years in Holland Park, London. Her sister, Charlotte, was also a talented artist, while her other sister, Bertha, was a respected philanthropist.

Florence’s art consisted of interiors, landscapes and portraits and she participated in several exhibitions including at The Society of Women Artists. Some of her work is held at the Gothenburg Art Museum.

In 1943, she fled to Sweden following the German occupation of Denmark.

The painting is signed/dated in the lower right.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 26” x 21½” / 66cm x 54cm
Year of creation: 1904
Provenance: Denmark
Condition: Assessed and approved by our conservator. Frame with some light age-related wear.
Our reference: BRV417

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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