One of the greatest Danish artists of all time, Vilhelm Hammershøi is internationally renowned for his spare, sunlight-infused interiors. Rich in atmosphere and light, it was for these that he earned the title "de stille stuers maler" (the painter of tranquil rooms). Born in Copenhagen in 1864 and trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Hammershøi’s enigmatic portraits, unpopulated cityscapes and grey-toned domestic scenes set him at odds with his contemporaries. Described by the National Gallery of Denmark’s Director Mikkel Bogh as a "painter of pauses, silences and in-between spaces," Hammershøi’s reclusive personality and contemplative works made him a favourite amongst poets and writers.
Catalogue to the exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario - 2016
This book features a selection of 24 paintings from the collection of The National Gallery of Denmark.
Essay by Chief Curator at SMK, Kasper Monrad.