Valdemar Magaard, The Empty Ol’ Mug

Valdemar Magaard, The Empty Ol’ Mug

A charming early 20th-century interior scene depicting an old gentleman staring woefully into an empty mug. While an older lady, presumably his wife, is holding a bowl of food (perhaps nuts).

Magaard had a skill for capturing figures within interesting interiors. He deftly uses the effects of light to capture the imagination and his works often pose more questions than they answer.

The painting is signed/dated in the lower left and housed within a gilt frame.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 25½” x 23” / 65cm x 59cm
Year of creation: c. 1930
Provenance: Denmark
Condition: Minor losses along the periphery. Frame with some light age-related wear.
Artist’s auction highlight: £1,400 achieved for ‘A Mother and Child’ at an auction in 1994.

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