Peter Vilhelm Ilsted, Interior With A Lady At A Spinet, Evening Light

Peter Vilhelm Ilsted, Interior With A Lady At A Spinet, Evening Light

A fine early 20th-century etching by Danish artist, Peter Ilsted (1861-1933). It depicts a lady playing the spinet, which is a small harpsichord, with her back turned.

Ilsted was one of the leading artists of his generation and his approach is often compared with Dutch artist, Johannes Vermeer. His works possess a strong sense of order with every element carefully positioned along horizontal and vertical lines.

Ilsted was a contemporary of Vilhelm Hammershoi (1864-1916) and Carl Holsoe (1863-1935) - with all three becoming masters of tranquil interior scenes. Ilsted's interiors are similar to Hammershoi’s but generally possess more mathematical precision. Hammershoi was married to Ilsted’s sister so the pair undoubtedly spent many afternoons discussing their ideas.

The etching is housed within a later frame.

Medium: Etching on paper
Overall size: 13” x 14” / 33cm x 36cm
Year of creation: c. 1905
Provenance: Denmark
Condition: Overall, good. Etching has been cut down at some point and attached to card.
Artist’s Auction Highlight (for etchings, prints and mezzotints): £8,030 achieved for an etching titled 'Bildnis von Vilhelm Hammershøi' at an auction in 2020.

Conservation & History

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