Loeb Danish Ardt Collection - page 168

a preparatory work for this, although the format is much bigger,
⁷⁄₁₀
x
½
in. or

x

cm (Bramsen
no.

, private collection, Fig. D). This applies in particular to the woman’s posture, the daylight and the
chairback in the right of the picture. The woman here is wearing a black dress with long sleeves and a white
apron, and the chair is identical to or of the same type as that in the picture belonging to Statens Museum
for Kunst. She is pouring tea and there is a cloth on the table in front of her. The model here has dark, not
reddish, hair, and she is also slimmer. According to Bramsen, it was the artist’s sister, Anna, who posed for
the last two of these pictures. It is di
ffi
cult to believe this, however, for judging from photographs and Ham-
mershøi’s pictures of her from

and

, Anna was both younger, slimmer and especially much more
graceful than this model.
As said above, Alfred Bramsen dates
Sitting Room, A Young Girl Pouring Tea
and
From a Baker’s Shop
to

and

respectively. But neither of them has been dated by the artist himself, and there is no other indi-
cation of the year in which they were painted. Meanwhile, Bramsen was closely associated with Hammer-
shøi, and so we need very weighty reasons indeed before rejecting his assertions concerning dating and the
relationship between preparatory works and
fi
nished paintings. The explanation must be that Hammershøi
was very free in his use of his model studies when painting his more
fi
nished pictures, a manner of work-
ing that is typical of an artist of his generation. As for the dating of the study in the Loeb collection, we can
scarcely be more precise than to say some time between

and

.
E.F.

]
FIG. A
Female Figure,

Preparatory work for the painting
From A Baker’s Shop
Oil on canvas,

x

in. (

.
x

.
cm.) Not signed or dated.
Statens Museum for Kunst. Bramsen no.

FIG. B
From a Baker’s Shop,

Oil on canvas,
⁹⁄₁₀
x
⁴⁄₅
in. (

x

cm.)
Vejen Kunstmuseum. Bramsen no.

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