Loeb Danish Ardt Collection - page 164

VILHELM HAMMERSHØI
   ‒    
  .
Landscape Study
From Haraldskær Paper Mill by the Stream in Vejle
(

)
(Landskabsstudie. Fra Haraldskær Papirfabrik ved Vejle å)
Oil on mahogany,
¹⁄₂₀
x
⁴⁄₅
in. (

x

cm)
       :
The artist’s sister, Anna Hammershøi; the insurance company director Mogens Bramsen, whose paternal
grandfather was the brother of the art collector Alfred Bramsen; Mogens Bramsen’s heirs, Bruun Rasmussen, Auction
,

, lot

, ill.
         :
Sophus Michaëlis and Alfred Bramsen,
Vilhelm Hammershøi, Kunstneren og hans Værk
, Copenhagen

, no.

(described as
: Landskabs-Studie fra Haraldskær Papir-Fabrik ved Vejle Aa
); Susanne Meyer-Abich,
Vilhelm Hammershøi. Das malerische
Werk
, Inauguraldissertation, Ruhr-Universität, Bochum

, no.

(described as:
Landschaftsskizze
).
W
hen he painted this landscape with factory buildings in

, Hammershøi was still a very young
man. That spring he was a pupil in the Artists’ Free Study Schools, at the same time continuing at
the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, which he had attended since

. He spent the summer of

at
Vejle, a beautiful town by a fjord in eastern Jutland, at the home of his uncle William Rentzmann, who was
showing interest in his progress. About

, his uncle had commissioned the painting
Priam Pleads with
Achilles for Hector’s Corpse
, in which Hammershøi used a relief by Bertel Thorvaldsen as his model. This is
today in the possession of Malmö Kunstmuseum. Hammershøi pro
fi
ted artistically from the visit, which
resulted in several landscapes of the area.
It is no random factory Hammershøi has painted. The picture shows the Haraldskær Paper Mill, a lit-
tle to the west of the town of Vejle, as it looked in

. From

, the owner had been Hammershøi’s
Uncle William, an enterprising factory owner who worked extremely energetically not only on behalf of
his own factory, but the paper industry as a whole. Several steam engines were working behind the façades,
while the idyllic lake in the foreground acted as a millpond, the water fromwhich was used for production.
¹
The artist has chosen an overcast day such as is often found during the Danish summer, and he has
reproduced the red buildings from a distance, partly covered by large dark green trees and with light green
reeds and slender trees on the right. The sky is dominated by large, whitish grey clouds, re
fl
ected in the
pond. The painting is done with great skill, although it is a more cautious approach than the Hammershøi
we normally encounter, because the work dates from such an early period.
E.F.
¹
Jacob B. Jensen, Papirfabrikkerne i Vejledalen
,
in:
Vejle Amts Årbog
,

, pp.

.
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