Chronicles of Solitude
The Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi’s exquisite art has long captivated scholars and critics and his international popularity has grown rapidly in recent years. This book features a selection of 24 paintings from one of the most important Hammershøi collections in the world: the collection of SMK—The National Gallery of Denmark. The paintings cover many aspects of Hammershøi’s body of work, including several of the tranquil interiors that earned him the title, “de stille steurs maler” (the painter of quiet rooms). The selection is representative of Hammershøi’s four main genres—reduced landscapes, unpopulated cityscapes, portraits, and spare, sunlight-infused interiors—offering an intimate look into his life and enigmatic art.
This book includes an essay by senior researcher and chief curator at SMK, Kasper Monrad, and a complete list of Hammershøi’s work in the collection of SMK.