Vilhelm HammershÃ¸i often written in English Vilhelm Hammershoi
May 15, 1864 â€“ February 13, 1916
was a Danish painter. He is known for his poetic, low-key portraits and interiors. In 1997, Denmark issued a postage stamp in his honor.
Vilhelm HammershÃ¸i was born on May 15, 1864 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The son of a well-to-do merchant, Christian HammershÃ¸i, and his wife, Frederikke (nÃ©e Rentzmann), HammershÃ¸i studied drawing from the age of eight with Niels Christian Kierkegaard and Holger GrÃ¸nvold, as well as painting with Vilhelm Kyhn, before embarking on studies with Frederik Vermehren and others at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. From 1883 to 1885, he studied with Peder Severin KrÃ¸yer at the Independent Study Schools, then debuted in the Charlottenborg Exhibition in the spring of 1885 with Portrait of a Young Girl (his sister, Anna; Pierre Auguste Renoir is reported to have admired this painting). HammershÃ¸i married Ida Ilsted in 1891.