1863-1935. Carl Holsøe studied at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen and was later a pupil of Peder Krøyer. From his student days, he was a great friend of Vilhelm Hammershøi, who inspired his interest in painting interior spaces. Holsøe exhibited with Hammershøi in 1887 when a small group of artists decided to show independently at Den Frie Udstilling, "The Free Exhibition," in Copenhagen and not at the annual Salon at Charlottenborg. Holsøe, who was always a successful painter, eventually returned to Charlottenborg and showed there from 1899 to 1933. He exhibited internationally as well, showing in Paris and Munich. Holsøe shared Hammershøi's fascination with the effects of light in their paintings, yet did so with a broader and richer sense of hue. Most of Holsøe's paintings were interiors set in spartan rooms with mahogany furniture, and sometimes with a single figure in the composition. Emily Heise, the artist's wife, was often depicted in his works. When Holsøe exhibited his first interior in 1886, the art critic Karl Madsen wrote that he found this new genre so striking "that it had almost the character of a manifesto."
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