Poul Friis Nybo

Reading By Candlelight

Poul Friis Nybo

Reading By Candlelight

This gentle interior scene by Danish artist Poul Friis Nybo (1869-1929) depicts a lady reading by candlelight.

Nybo was a master of quiet interiors and thoughtful introspection. There’s a stillness amid the quiet tick of a grandfather clock, the whisper of a turning page and the flicker of a dwindling candle. Here, within these portrait-covered walls, he probably sketched from a chair by a table. While she’s lost in fiction, he’s absorbed by her partially-turned form.

Signed in the lower left and framed.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 24” x 24” / 61cm x 61cm
Year of creation: c. 1920
Condition: Artwork presents well. Canvas relined. Frame with some light wear.
Artist’s auction maximum: £2,800

Poul Friis Nybo

Poul Friis Nybo

Poul Friis Nybo was a Danish painter of gentle interior scenes, landscapes and seascapes. His interiors are particularly interesting and capture a snapshot of everyday life. Many of these feature the same woman. He studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen before attending Kristian Zahrtmann's School and from 1892, he exhibited at the Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition.

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Conservation & History

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