Loeb Danish Ardt Collection - page 173

VILHELM HAMMERSHØI
   ‒    

.
Landscape from Virum Near Frederiksdal, Summer,

(Landskab fra Virum ved Frederiksdal, sommer)
Oil on canvas,
¼
x
¾
in. (

x

cm)
Signed bottom left: VH
       :
Grosserer Julius Hertz, Frederiksberg; Winkel & Magnussen, Auction

,

.
.

(Peter Hertz, art historian,
son of Julius), lot

; Overretssagfører Otto Bing; Sotheby’s London
.
.

, lot

, ill.
         :
Kunstforeningen, Copenhagen,
Vilhelm Hammershøi
,

, no.

; Liljevalchs Konsthal, Stockholm,
Nyere dansk
kunst
,

, no.

; Musée du jeu de Paume, Paris,
L’art danois
fi
n XVIII
e
siècle jusqu’à

,

, no.

; Bruce Museum of Art and
Science, Greenwich, Connecticut and The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, New York,
Danish Paintings of the
Nineteenth Century from the Collection of Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr.
,

, no.

, ill.; New York, Scandinavia House,
Luminous Mod-
ernism, Scandinavian Art comes to America. A Centennial Retrospective


,


; Scandinavia House, New York,
Danish
Paintings from the Golden Age to the Modern Breakthrough, Selections from the Collection of Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr.
,

, no.

.
         :
Alfred Bramsen,
Vilhelm Hammershøis Arbejder
,
Fortegnelse
, Copenhagen

, no.

;
S
ophus Michaëlis and Alfred
Bramsen,
Vilhelm Hammershøi, Kunstneren og hans Værk
, Copenhagen

, no.

(described as:
Landskab, Sommer, Virum
); Poul
Vad,
Vilhelm Hammershøi
, Copenhagen

, p.

(English edition

); Susanne Meyer-Abich,
Vilhelm Hammershøi. Das malerische
Werk
, Inauguraldissertation, Ruhr-Universität, Bochum

, no.

(described as:
Landschaft bei Virum. Skizze
); Patricia G.
Berman,
In Another Light, Danish Painting in the Nineteenth Century
, New York

, p.
‒
, ill. p.

; Patricia G. Berman,
Lumi-
nous Modernism
, New York
, . 
, ill. p.

(detail),

, cover.
G
olden brown
fi
elds and a clouded, hazy sky separated by a narrow line of white houses surrounded by
trees that are so distant that the details are almost entirely obscured—such is the motif of this picture.
The simplicity is typical of Hammershøi’s early landscapes, where, in addition, he was particularly preoc-
cupied with horizontal lines. The locality is the village of Virum, about seven and a half miles (

kilome-
tres) north of Copenhagen with a row of farms and, on the left, Blæsenborg Mill, all seen from rather less
than three-
fi
fths of a mile (one kilometre) to the south.
The picture was painted in the summer of

while Hammershøi was staying in the nearby village of
Lyngby at the home of Karl Madsen (


), originally a painter and now the leading critic of the time
and a warm spokesman for the new art. Madsen was one of Hammershøi’s earliest admirers, one of the
close friends whom he later portrayed in
Fem portrætter (Five Portraits)
(

, Thielska Galleriet, Stockholm).
Madsen was then living permanently in an

th-century country house at Lyngby, and it was here Ham-
mershøi painted his
fi
rst interior with white doors.
¹
From the house it was only just over
³⁄₅
’s of a mile (one
kilometre) to the place where he sat working with the present painting. The road leading there would
take him through the forest and past the royal palace of Sorgenfri and also past one of Jens Juel’s motifs,
the high rise in the forest known as “Dansebakken,” which was once a favorite spot for excursions and
entertainments.
²
The extensive meadows near Virum, which dominate Hammershøi’s painting, were just to the east of
the Furesø lake. The atmosphere can still be experienced today in the large protected area close to the lake,
near “Frederiksdal,” a county seat dating from the

’s, and the painter N. Abildgaard’s country house
“Spurveskjul” from

, where Hammershøi later rented rooms. The
fi
elds adjoin the large area of natural
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