Loeb Danish Ardt Collection - page 128

JULIUS EXNER
   ‒    
  .
Schoolgirl Reading,

(Læsende skolepige)
Oil on canvas,

x
½
in. (

x

cm)
Signed and dated lower right: Exner

       :
The artist’s estate auction, Charlottenborg

, lot

; Hansen, Vejle (

); proprietær (large landowner) Erik
Juhl, Dalbygaard (


); Bruun Rasmussen, Auction

,

, lot

, ill. (described as:
Interiør med lille pige der læser med ryggen
vendt mod vinduet
).
         :
Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums,
Danish Paintings of the Nineteenth Century from the Col-
lection of Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr.,

, no.
.
         :
Dorde Hansen in:
Kunst i Privat Eje III.


, p.

(discussed without indication of dimensions and without
illustration); Peter Nisbet,
Danish Paintings of the Nineteenth Century, from the Collection of Ambassador John Loeb, Jr.,
Busch-Reisinger
Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts

, p.

.
J
ulius Exner is best known for his detailed anecdotal portrayals, often of large numbers of farmers and
fi
sh-
ermen in their local costume on the island of Amager to the east of Copenhagen and the small island of
Fanø in the North Sea close to the border with Germany. However, as this painting shows, he also mastered
delicate studies of individual
fi
gures engrossed in their everyday work. The model seems to be the young
girl Gudrun, who posed for the portrait from

, also in the Loeb collection.
Clear, gentle light from outside the tall window framed with curtains, falls on green potted plants,
envelops the tiny
fi
gure of a girl, caresses her shiny brown hair and brings out the gilding on the furniture
and mouldings.
We are looking at a wealthy middle-class home—perhaps the artist’s own. The inspiration from
Netherlandish genre painting is plain to see.
S.L.
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