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“The Poet of Silence”: Sotheby’s to sell one of Vilhelm Hammershøi’s most beguiling interiors: ‘Interior, Strandgade 30’

Vilhelm Hammershøi, Interior, Strandgade 30, circa 1905. Estimate: £700,000-900,000. Photo: Sotheby’s.

LONDON.- This spring Sotheby’s will bring to the market a striking interior by Vilhelm Hammershøi, remarkable for its introspective and beguiling qualities. Interior, Strandgade 30, painted circa 1905, was acquired directly from the artist and has remained in the collection of the same family ever since. Estimated at £700,000-900,000, it will be offered for sale in an auction of 19th Century European Paintings in London on 21 May 2015.

Nina Wedell-Wedellsborg, Head of Sotheby’s Denmark, commented: ‘Hammershøi is an artist whom Danish people hold close to their hearts. But with his ascent to international status through recent high-profile exhibitions, record-breaking prices at auction, and his unique aesthetic that finds resonance among collectors of both Old Master and modern and contemporary art, he has been embraced around the world, in academic circles, among art collectors, and also by the wider public.’

Claude Piening, Head of 19th Century European Paintings, commented: ‘Hammershøi’s paintings present the viewer with a haven of tranquility in which time slows almost to a standstill, yet they tantalise with mystery and unanswered questions. His vision both harks back to the interiors of Johannes Vermeer, and anticipates the qualities that define the work of twentieth-century painters including Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth, and Gerhard Richter. It is perhaps this universality that so appeals to the collecting community.’

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