Loeb Danish Ardt Collection - page 98

H. A. BRENDEKILDE
   ‒   
 .
Winter
(Ved Vintertid)
Oil on canvas,
⅔
x

in. (

x

cm)
Signed lower left: H.A. Brendekilde
       :
Mr. Oscar Wandel, Frederiksholms Kanal

, Copenhagen; Kunsthallen, Auction

,

, lot

, ill. p.
; Arne
Bruun Rasmussen, Auction

,

, lot

, ill. p.

; Arne Bruun Rasmussen, Auction

,

, lot

, ill. p.

.
         :
Munich,
Internationale Kunstausstellung
,

, no.

; Guildhall, London,
A Selection of Works by Danish Painters
,

, 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.
p.
‒, 
.
W
inter
was not dated, but it might have been painted at the end of the

’s somewhere near
Næstved in Zealand, where the Funen painter Hans Andersen Brendekilde went to live in

.
Many of the artist’s early works show obvious traces of social realism inspired by contemporary French
painting and bear the marks of Brendekilde’s own poverty in childhood and youth. However, the artist’s
style gradually developed into idyllic genre paintings each making some clearly expressed point. The
numerous works of this kind almost always invite the viewer to participate in some story implicit in the
painting. The present instance is the portrayal of a meeting between an elderly couple, perhaps sweethearts
in their youth, in the winter of their lives. The tracks in the snow reveal that he has stopped, hesitated, per-
haps turned around, but has then decided to continue his course towards the waiting woman.
Fine light and delightful colours underline the scenery’s mood of assurance and encourage the hope of
a happy union.
S.L.

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