(b. Copenhagen 1864, d. s.p. 1916)
Still life with geometric forms. Unsigned. Inscribed: Tegnet hos (drawn at) H. Grønvold, and stamped: Fremlagt i Skoleraadet 1/10 79 (presented to the school board 1/10 79). Charcoal and pencil on paper. 31×34.5 cm.
In preparation for admission to the Academy of Fine Arts, Vilhelm Hammershøi received drawing lessons from Holger Grønvold (1850–1923) from 1877 to 1879. Hammershøi continued his teaching at Grønvold after he had been admitted to the Academy.
Provenance: The collection of curator Harald Olsen. Thence by descent.
Harald Olsen was a curator at the National Gallery of Denmark 1949–83 and good friends with Alfred Bramsen's daughter, Karen Bramsen (1877–1970) and her husband Gustav Falck (1874–1955), who from 1925 to 1930 was director of the National Gallery of Denmark.
Most of the works by Vilhelm Hammershøi in Harald Olsen's collection were probably acquired directly from Karen Bramsen.