oil on canvas signed S Vermehren canvas dimensions 49 x 42.5 cm frame 59.5 x 53 cm
Essay: Sophus Vermehren, the son of the renowned painter Frederik Vermehren and Thomasine Ludvigne Grüner, was destined for artistic brilliance. Immersed in a creative environment from a young age, he trained under his father's guidance, learning the intricacies of painting and drawing. Seeking further refinement, Vermehren pursued his artistic education at the esteemed Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen from 1883 to 1892.
His talents did not go unnoticed, as he made a striking debut at Charlottenborg in 1893 with a portrait of Professor Adolph Kittendorff. This marked the beginning of a remarkable artistic journey, with Vermehren becoming a regular participant in Charlottenborg's spring exhibitions from 1891 to 1915, along with notable showings at Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling. His contributions to the art world have also secured his presence in esteemed institutions such as the Statens Museum for Kunst.
One captivating work by Vermehren is this portrait titled "A Young Girl Peeling Fruit." Although the identity of the sitter remains unknown, the painting showcases Vermehren's extraordinary attention to detail. Notably, the artistry is evident in the subtle interplay of shadows and the masterful rendering of the young girl's rosy cheeks. The confident brushstrokes breathe life into the fruits and textiles, imbuing them with a palpable three-dimensionality.
Vermehren's artistry shines through in this remarkable piece, a testament to his talent and meticulous craftsmanship. The portrait invites viewers to marvel at his ability to capture fleeting moments with such precision and depth. With each stroke, Vermehren conjures a sense of realism and vitality that resonates with the observer.
Provenance: A Swedish Private Collection
Condition: Newly restored by professional art conservator 2022, new frame from 2022. Ready to hang.
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