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Lorenzo de' Medici

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Sunlit Room with Biedermeier Sofa

Peter Ilsted


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Artist Biography

Peter Ilsted (1861-1933) was one of a group of Scandinavian artists, among them Carl Holsöe and Vilhelm Hammershöi, working in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century who were noted for their paintings of interiors. Their work was imbued with a strong seventeenth century Dutch influence in the portrayal of figures placed in an enclosed space, shown single-mindedly concentrating on some activity, as if unaware of the painter’s intrusion. However, it is the eighteenth century French painter Chardin, best known for his still lifes, who is perhaps their most influential precursor. In his figurative paintings Chardin had developed the technique of reducing interior scenes to their barest essentials by paring down ornamental details and by placing a greater emphasis on space and composition. Ilsted was born in 1861 on the island of Falster in Denmark. His formal artistic training began at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1878 where, after a period spent travelling in Europe and North Africa, he received the Gold Medal for a painting of ‘Cupid and Psyche’ in 1890. It would be wrong to view this period of Nordic painting as stylistically cohesive: for although their chosen subjects were similar, the works of Ilsted and his brother-in-law Hammershöi are quite different. Hammershöi’s pictorial austerity contrasts with Ilsted’s visual sentimentality in their respective scenes of contemporary life. Ilsted was in fact gradually influenced by Hammershöi's work, illustrated by his work undergoing a transition away from Tissot-like compositions, towards less crowded and more geometrical scenes. If he never attained a truly international reputation comparable to Hammershöi’s, Ilsted nevertheless made considerable experiments in the development of graphic art. He revived and improved the original printing technique of the mezzotint by developing the process known as à la poupée, by which the colour is applied individually by hand. The softened edges of the mezzotint particularly suited Ilsted’s style and choice of subject matter.

Paper / Board

255gsm Art Paper

Our standard prints are reproduced on a premium semi matt finish paper. Its micro-porous resin coating provides exceptional colour accuracy and stability

315gsm Museum Quality Watercolour Art Board, Acid Free

Our watercolour board has a natural white finish with a slightly structured, soft-textured surface equivalent to a traditional etching fine art paper. The surface has a special matte coating, designed for high quality fine art reproduction with giclée technology. It is an archival quality paper with great colour accuracy.

Postage & Packaging

Standard Delivery

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3-5 working days for UK
4-7 working days for Europe
7-10 working days for USA, Canada, Fast East, Australasia and the rest of the world.

Delivery Prices

Standard UK delivery from £3.50
Europe & the rest of the world from £8.00
All prints will be tissue wrapped, bubble wrapped and packed into robust cardboard tubes.

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