Valdemar Kornerup, Interior Scene

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An attractive early 20th-century oil on canvas by award-winning Danish artist, Valdemar Kornerup (1865-1924).

Kornerup returned to paint this room on many occasions and he seems fascinated by the varying effect of light. It’s the equivalent of how Monet approached his water lilies and it hints at a degree of introversion.

Valdemar Vincent Kornerup was born in Copenhagen and studied at the local Academy of Fine Arts. In 1887, he began travelling around Europe and visited France, Italy, Spain and Greece, before heading for Norway in 1898.

He painted many of these peaceful interior scenes throughout his career and several include figures undertaking regular everyday activities. There’s a sense of calmness, which is sometimes reminiscent of his Danish contemporary, Vilhelm Hammershoi (1864-1916).

Signed VK in the lower right.

Oil on canvas laid on board
Size including frame
21½” x 18” / 54.5cm x 45.5cm
Year of creation
c. 1915
Good. Light scuffing around the edges and frame with age-related wear.
Artist’s auction highlight
£7,500 achieved at Sotheby's in 1994 for ‘The Good Samaritan’.