Harry Kluge, Church Interior With Bench

Harry Kluge, Church Interior With Bench

A quiet interior scene depicting the porch at Ferring Church in Denmark by painter, Harry Kluge (1879-1963). A solitary bench is gently lit via an open doorway as the warm patina of stone walls catches the light.

Kluge was primarily known as a maritime painter but had a fascination for old buildings. He trained initially as a blacksmith before working for porcelain manufacturer Bing & Grondahl.

His interior scenes are generally smaller and feel more personal than his maritime paintings. He also inscribed them with a location and date. Perhaps he enjoyed the liberation of painting smaller studies when compared to his “day job”.

Here’s another example of Kluge’s work.


Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 14½” x 20” / 37cm x 51cm
Year of creation: c. 1920
Provenance: Denmark
Condition: Very good.
Artist’s auction highlight: £6,156 achieved for ‘The Polar Star’ at an auction in Sweden in 2015.

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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