Loeb Danish Ardt Collection - page 190

portraits, not only in those of Ida. Hammershøi’s biographer Poul Vad points out how the artist has hinted
at a flower in her hand, so that the painting relates to
The Girl with the Carnation
(Statens Museum for
Kunst), which until
was thought to be a work by Rembrandt, and after which Hammershøi made a
drawing. Vad also suggests another possible inspiration for this portrait of Ida, Paul Gauguin’s
Vahine no te
(Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek), the portrait of a woman from Tahiti, which was included in the Free Exhi-
bition in
The Loeb portrait study originally belonged to Karl Madsen (
), who was the spokesman for the
painters of the Modern Breakthrough in the
’s and by whomHammershøi was one of those promoted.
He was included in Hammershøi’s great
Five Portraits
(Thielska Galleriet, Stockholm). A close friendship
between the Madsen and Hammershøi families continued for several generations. Hammershøi was god-
father to Madsen’s granddaughter Else Lofthus (
), who owned this picture until her death. Karl
Madsen himself rated it so highly that he included it in the prestigious exhibition in Paris in
, where he
presented a French public a choice of fine art with what he considered the best of Danish painting.
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