Loeb Danish Ardt Collection - page 175

beauty around the Mølleå River (“Mill Stream”), which
fl
ows from Furesø lake through Bagsværd and Lyn-
gby lakes and out into the Sound, bordered all the way by forest and marsh.
In the

th and

th centuries, the water from the stream provided the power for various sizeable indus-
trial undertakings in the area. The Mølleå valley and the forests have been preserved to the present day,
while most of the open areas have been parcelled out to private housing in areas that are nowadays suburbs
of Copenhagen.
Hammershøi also painted a larger version of this landscape with slightly di
ff
erent proportions and with
a clearer sky and minus the mill.
³
It was shown in Den Frie Udstilling in

and belonged to the dentist
Alfred Bramsen, who became known as the most important collector of Hammershøi’s work. During his
stay at this place, Hammershøi also made several paintings of Lyngby Lake, of which he had a view when
looking south from the very same spot.
A motif with so few elements and such a strictly limited scale of colour gave Hammershøi the possi-
bility of concentrating on the
fi
ne nuances, and he has thereby created space and atmosphere in the picture.
To Hammershøi, simplicity was not a limitation but a choice.
E.F.
¹
Interiør. Den gamle bilæggerovn (Interior. The Old Stove)
,

, oil on canvas,
³⁄₅
x
½
in (

x

cm), Statens Museum for Kunst.
²
Jens Juel,
Dansebakken ved Sorgenfri
(

) (
A Party at Dansebakken near Sorgenfri
), oil on canvas,
½
x

in. (

x

cm), Statens Museum for
Kunst.
³
Landskab fra Virum ved Frederiksdal (Landscape from Virum near Frederiksdal)
,
²⁄₅
x
½
in. (

.
x

.
cm), private owner.
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