Loeb Danish Ardt Collection - page 211

CARL VILHELM HOLSØE
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Carl Holsøe was born in Jutland, moving to Copenhagen in
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to study at the Technological School
and then at the Academy of Fine Arts. After three semesters at the Academy, Holsøe joined P.S.
Krøyer’s drawing school in Copenhagen where he met his life-long friends Peter Ilsted and Vilhelm
Hammershøi.
This friendly triumvirate might be designated “The Danish Interior School of the Nineteenth
Century,” for each painted scenes from his own household, sharing a view of domestic tranquility not
seen in Danish art before, though preceded by, and evocative of, the
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th century interiors of the
Dutch masters Jan Vermeer (
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), Pieter de Hooch (
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) and Gerrit ter Borch (
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).
It was Hammershøi, however, who has been credited with being the true inspiration for Holsøe’s focus
on interior settings; the in
fl
uence of Hammershøi is evident throughout his work.
A signi
fi
cantly successful artist in his day, Holsøe’s work has enjoyed a recent resurgence of inter-
est among art connoisseurs. Over his career he exhibited
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paintings, chie
fl
y in Charlottenborg but
also in Europe and England. In Paris he received an honorable mention in
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from The Salon, and
in Denmark he was awarded the Royal Academy’s highest award, the Eckersberg Medal.
B.H.
         :
Karl Madsen in:
Nordisk Tidskrift
,
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, p.
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; Peter Michael Hornung and Kasper Monrad,
Dengang i
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’erne
, Kunstforenin-
gen, Copenhagen,
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;
Danish Paintings
, Bury Street Gallery, London,
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; Bente Scavenius,
Den Frie Udstilling i
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år,
Copenhagen
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; Vera
Rasmussen in:
Weilbach
, Vol.
, Copenhagen
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.
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