Sunshine in the Drawing Room (Solskin i dagligstuen)

1910
This is the last of four versions that Hammershøi painted of his living room at Strandgade 30 in Copenhagen, where he resided for a decade with his wife. The artist repeatedly depicted this room in spare interior scenes inspired by Dutch 17th-century genre painting and, in particular, the work of Jan Vermeer. Carefully editing down the contents of the room and concealing the identity of the female sitter, the artist keeps us guessing as to the nature of the scene. Hammershøi was a major proponent of the Scandinavian school of painting and remained devoted throughout his career to a limited range of subject matter: domestic interiors, portraits of family and friends, landscapes and architectural views.
Title
Sunshine in the Drawing Room (Solskin i dagligstuen)
Date
1910
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
58 x 67 cm
Nationality
Danish
Credit line
Purchased 2017
Accession number
47040