Strandgade, Sunshine

Strandgade, Sunshine

c. 1906

Vilhelm Hammershøi

(Danish, 1864-1916)

Oil on canvas

Overall: 69.4 x 75.2 cm (27 5/16 x 29 5/8 in.)

Promised Gift of Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley 12.2020



One of Denmark’s most celebrated artists, Vilhelm Hammershøi was a painter of quiet spaces, mystery, and silence. Among his most memorable works are paintings of his apartment at 30 Strandgade in Copenhagen, here seen with the sun shining through a window, illuminating the floor and door to the right, while a woman stands in the shadows. The nearly empty room, muted tones, and closed door next to a window evoke a haunting mood filled with psychological complexity.

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