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One of Frederikke Hammershøi’s scrapbooks

Hammershøi | 18.nov.2011

Frederikke’s scrapbooks

Hammershøi’s mother, Frederikke, collected cuttings about her son’s career. We know of four scrapbooks full of reviews, sales lists and press cuttings about Hammershøi’s exhibitions, etc., and today these books serve as an important source of our present-day knowledge about how his work was received in his own day.

Frederikke collected cuttings for the scrapbooks from around the time of Hammershøi’s debut in 1885 to her death in 1914. The scrapbooks are housed at the Hirschsprung Collection, which recently showed an exhibition about their archival materials about Hammershøi under the title Hammershøiana – the exhibition was accompanied by a small catalogue. The Hirschsprung Collection is also home to the majority of the surviving letters to and from Ida and Vilhelm Hammershøi.

The upcoming exhibition Hammershøi and Europe will show reproductions of the scrapbooks, partly in order to tell the story about Hammershøi’s exhibitions throughout Europe.

PS – The detail shown in a previous blog entry is from Hammershøi’s painting Standing Female Nude from 1909-10; the painting can be found at Gallery in Room 228.

 

 

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