The Bakery (1888)
Collection: Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen Schloss Gottorf,
Courtyard, Strandgade 30 (1905)
Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr. Danish Art Collection
all photographs © 2019 Leslie Hossack
The two paintings by Vilhelm Hammershøi shown above were photographed by Leslie Hossack in 2019, at the exhibition entitled Hammershøi: The Master of Danish Painting, at the Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris.
The Bakery (1888) and Courtyard, Strandgade 30 (1905) are outliers in a way. Rarely did Hammershøi paint the interior of a shop. And although Hammershøi painted dozens of interior views of his Copenhagen apartment located at Strandgade 30, there are only a handful of exterior views of the building’s courtyard – some with a figure and some without.
Courtyard, Strandgade 30 (1905) was one of nine Hammershøi works from the Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr. Danish Art Collection on view at the Musée Jacquemart-André in the 2019 Paris exhibition entitled Hammershøi: The Master of Danish Painting. John L. Loeb Jr. served as American Ambassador to Denmark from July 1981 until September 1983. While ambassador, Loeb started collecting Danish art and he now has the largest Danish art collection outside of Denmark.
Apparently some Danish museums were somewhat reluctant to lend their Hammershøi paintings to the exhibition at the Musée Jacquemart-André. So curator Jean-Loup Champion headed off to New York to ask John L. Loeb Jr. about the possibility of borrowing paintings from the Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr. Danish Art Collection. According to Champion, Loeb replied, “Take whatever you want.” Champion added, “It made it possible for me to organise the exhibition that I wanted. I took 11 paintings.”
“I have had such pleasure in this collection that one of my lifetime goals has become to make the world – especially Americans – aware of the impressive quality of Danish art which has not achieved the recognition it deserves. Whenever we have been able to advance it, I leap at the chance.”
John L. Loeb Jr.:Reflections, Memories, and Confessions (2018)
Leslie Hossack has a similar goal: to make the world more aware of the art of Vilhelm Hammershøi. One step toward achieving this goal is to publish, here on Haute Vitrine, her photographs of 100 works by Hammershøi as seen in situ in art galleries in Ottawa, Toronto, Copenhagen and Paris. The generosity of Ambassador Loeb’s loan of nine Hammershøi works to the Musée Jacquemart-André exhibition in 2019 is greatly appreciated.
Hammershøi’s oeuvre consists of architecture, nudes, landscapes, portraits and interiors. However, it was his interiors that were the most popular in his lifetime (1864-1916) and continue to draw the strongest response today. Hammershøi painted over 100 interiors in the various apartments he shared with his wife Ida in Copenhagen. Their home was both his studio and a major motif in his work.
Over a century ago, Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi elevated
“Stay At Home. Work At Home.” to an art form.
Leslie Hossack’s Hammershøi Photographs are part of a larger body of work that explores Hitler’s Berlin, Stalin’s Moscow, Mussolini’s Rome, Churchill’s London, contested sites in Jerusalem, the NATO Headquarter Camp in Kosovo, buildings linked to the Japanese Canadian internment during WWII, the D-Day landing beaches of Normandy, the Nazi-occupied Channel Islands, Scotland’s Freemasons and Sigmund Freud’s Vienna.
To view more photographs by Leslie Hossack, please visit lesliehossack.com