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The Balcony Room at Spurveskjul

The Balcony Room at Spurveskjul

Vilhelm Hammershøi (in 1911)

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In 1911 Hamershøi rented a villa, Spurvesjkul (sparrows’ refuge) outside Copenhagen, where he spent the summer with his wife. While they were there he painted this study, which he was to use for a self-portrait. The artist travelled widely in Europe as a young man; in the Netherlands he was profoundly impressed by seventeenth-century painters like Johannes Vermeer and Pieter de Hooch.

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Title The Balcony Room at Spurveskjul
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is travelling
Dimensions Height 51,7 cm
Width 61,5 cm
Depth 3,5 cm
Artists Artist: Vilhelm Hammershøi
Accession number 3750 (MK)
Credits Purchased with the support of Rembrandt Association (made possible thanks to the contribution of its Maljers-De Jongh Fonds), FriendsLottery and a donation form a private individual from Rotterdam, 2014
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 2014
Creation date in 1911
Internal exhibitions Hammershoi en Ilsted (2016)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions Face-to-Face with Images (2017)
TEFAF 2017 (2017)
Vilhelm Hammershøi (2022)

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Vilhelm Hammershøi

Kopenhagen 1864 - Kopenhagen 1916

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