Arts & Culture

Seated Female Nude

Vilhelm Hammershøi1889

Statens Museum for Kunst
Statens Museum for Kunst

Seated Female Nude has a bodily sensuality that is often overlooked within Hammershøi’s art; a sensuality that also appears in several of the artist’s renditions of his wife, Ida.

The canvas as skin

With his brushes, the artist has accurately and gently modelled the woman’s skin and voluptuous curves. The concept of the canvas as skin touched and manipulated springs to mind when one comes across a picture like this.

The erotic atmosphere also owes much to Hammershøi’s ability to make the surface pulsate with life. He very rarely closes or saturates his fields of colour, leaving them very thin instead, often transparent, built up from tiny, short, vibrating brushstrokes.

Hammerhøi's circles of motifs

Hammershøi mainly painted interiors, architecture, and landscapes. His circles of motifs typically encompassed the artist’s home, mother, and wife as well as the houses and spaces of Copenhagen, all subjected to stringent compositions. With his characteristic colour scheme of hues of grey, Hammershøi created his own special universe of something that appeared familiar, yet also disturbing and indefinable.

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  • Title: Seated Female Nude
  • Creator: Vilhelm Hammershøi
  • Date Created: 1889
  • Værktekst: Nøgen kvindelig model indeholder en kropsnær sanselighed, som ofte overses i Hammershøis kunst. Denne kommer til syne i flere af kunstnerens skildringer af hustruen, Ida. Lærredet som bearbejdet hud Med sine pensler har han med stor præcision og nænsomhed modelleret kvindens hud og kødfulde former. Forestillingen om lærredet som en hud, der berøres og bearbejdes, bliver meget nærværende over for et billede som dette. Til erotiseringen hører også Hammershøis evne til at få fladen til at pulsere af liv. Han mætter og lukker sjældent farvefladerne, men lader dem i stedet stå meget tynde, ofte transparente, bygget op af små korte, vibrerende strøg. Hammershøi's motivkreds Hammershøi malede hovedsagelig interiør-, arkitektur- og landskabsmalerier. Motivkredsen omfattede typisk hjemmet, moderen, hustruen og københavnske huse og pladser, underlagt en formalistisk stram komposition. Med den karakteristiske gråtoneskala skabte Hammershøi sit egenartede univers af noget på en gang fortroligt og hjemligt, men samtidig også foruroligende og ubestemmeligt.
  • Teknik: Olie på lærred
  • Proveniens: Køb 1926
  • Provenance: Acquired 1926
  • Physical Dimensions: w93 x h126 cm (Without frame)
  • Dansk link: http://www.smk.dk/index.php?id=1215
  • Dansk Titel: Nøgen kvindelig model
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Statens Museum for Kunst, http://www.smk.dk/en/copyright/creative-commons/
  • External Link: Statens Museum for Kunst
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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