On the occasion of Ordrupgaard’s acquisition of a new work, Young Forest, Trørød, Summer by Vilhelm Hammershøi, the museum exhibits a number of interior, architecture and landscape paintings at a minor special exhibition with the title Focus on Hammershøi.
Thanks to a donation from Augustinus Fonden, Ordrupgaard is now able to add a landscape painting, Young Forest, Trørød, Summer, from 1907 to its exquisite collection of works by Hammershøi. Ordrupgaard presents its new acquisition together with 16 works from the museum’s own collection as well as private collections. The stately home of Ordrupgaard provides the scene of this special exhibition, which can be seen from Saturday 15 October to Sunday 22 January 2012.
A New Side to Hammershøi
“Young Forest, Trørød, Summer is unique and adds to our view of Vilhelm Hammershøi as an artist. We are therefore very pleased at Ordrupgaard to see it as public Danish property now,” says museum director Anne-Birgitte Fonsmark proudly.
It was during a summer stay in Trørød north of Copenhagen that Hammershøi painted the picture; a forest motif. As Hammershøi merely cultivated the landscape genre in connection with his summer stays outside of Copenhagen, his landscapes are fairly rare. In return his artistic contribution to the genre is very distinctive in character and original. Young Forest, Trørød, Summer has an almost monochrome colour scheme and portrays a veiled interpretation of a forest motif,” tells Anne-Birgitte Fonsmark.
Young Forest, Trørød, Summer has been on display at Hammershøi exhibitions organised by Ordrupgaard at The Phillips Collection, Washington in 1981, Musée d’Orsay, Paris and Guggenhein Museum, New York in 1997. Here in Denmark the painting was shown for the first time at Kunstforeningen in 1916 and again in 1930.
A Rare Opportunity
During the special exhibition in Ordrupgaard’s stately home Young Forest, Trørød, Summer is shown together with a number of interior and architecture paintings that are usually not on display to the public. This includes Interior with the Artist’s Mother and Sister, 1884, From Frederiksholm Canal, 1892 and Frederiksborg Castle, 1893, which are all from private collections and will now be deposited as long-term loans at Ordrupgaard.