Danish Art 1880-1910
Town devoid of people
A lonely, isolated figure in an empty parlour, people without any contact with each other, a city with no trace of human life, or landscapes stripped of any romantic leanings.
All his life Hammershøi devoted himself to a very limited number of themes, mainly painting interiors from his home, monumental buildings in Copenhagen, landscapes outside the city, and portraits of his immediate family and of friends.
Hammershøi’s work is infused with atmosphere, often oppressive. Behind the calm, static exterior lurks an indefinable and ominous element. The colour palette is limited, dominated entirely by greys, yet encompassing a wealth of nuances. Light and air play major roles in the images, taking on an almost physical tactility even as material objects are dissolved and everything takes on an ethereal aspect.