So to continue yesterday’s theme of painters whose work resembles Vilhelm Hammershøi's, today we have Carl Holsøe.
Parlor Interior with a Woman, which Holsøe painted around 1900, shows off the comparison beautifully.
The muted colors of the room, the off-kilter angles of the door, and the averted gaze of the subject all smack of Hammershøi—while the clarity of the light and accuracy of the reflections suggest the influence that Hammershøi, his brother-in-law (Ilsted), and Holsøe all shared: Vermeer.
But, like Ilsted, Holsøe has just a little bit more warmth and humanity to him than Hammershøi.
The gold flowers in the vase on the left, the hints of framed paintings or prints on the wall behind, and the woman’s garden hat all suggest a sense of hominess conspicuously absent from Hammershøi’s interiors.
Indeed, as the Museo Thyssen comments, Holsøe “was inspired by the mood of simplicity and stillness found in…middle-class drawing rooms [emphasis vehemently added].”
I’d much rather live in Holsøe’s imagination than Hammershøi’s—but in a way, the lack of tension that provides that comfort also makes Parlor Interior just that little bit less visually compelling.