Feb 11, 2020

Strandgade, Sunshine

Strandgade, Sunshine

c. 1906

Vilhelm Hammershøi

(Danish, 1864–1916)

Oil on canvas

Unframed: 50.5 x 56.2 cm (19 7/8 x 22 1/8 in.)

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

Did you know?

The poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote, "Hammershøi is not one of those artists that one needs to talk about quickly. His work is long and slow and at whatever moment one comes to grips with it, one will have ample occasion to speak of what is significant and essential in art."


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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