Sunshine in an Interior

Sunshine in an Interior

1920

Peter Vilhelm Ilsted

(Danish, 1861-1933)

Mezzotint

Sheet: 59.2 x 49.4 cm (23 5/16 x 19 7/16 in.); Platemark: 40.9 x 38 cm (16 1/8 x 14 15/16 in.)

Carole W. and Charles B. Rosenblatt Endowment Fund 2001.58

Catalogue raisonné: Olufsen & Svensson 39

Edition: 150 in black and white and 75 in color

Impression: 12

Did you know?

Peter Vilhelm Ilsted and his brother-in-law, the painter Vilhelm Hammershøi, pioneered a style of Danish art that was characterized by quiet interior scenes in muted colors.

Description

Peter Vilhelm Ilsted was one of only a few artists of his time to take up mezzotint, the printmaking technique used here. The process involved a tonal reversal—with the artist working from dark to light—that allowed Ilsted to render evocative and moody interiors. Like this print, most of his works were inhabited by young women seen from behind or in profile and involved in introspection or study. The subject of this work appears in darkness at the far side of the image, just beyond a patch of dramatic sunlight that enters the space and perhaps suggests her distance from the outside world.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Mezzotint
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Medium: 
Mezzotint

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