The Old Apartment
Peter Ilsted (Danish, 1861 – 1933)
DimensionsImage : 18 5/8 x 16 7/8 in. (47.31 x 42.86 cm)
Sheet : 23 5/8 x 20 1/8 in. (60.01 x 51.12 cm)
Credit LineGift of Arthur and Kristine Rossof
LabelPeter Ilsted was a founding member of the Copenhagen Interior School, a group of Danish artists active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries whose images of serene, well-ordered domestic environments celebrated the comforts of middle-class Scandinavian life. Trained as an etcher and engraver, Ilsted often used the mezzotint process to create scenes infused by a tranquil luminosity. This image and its color counterpart (2019.90.34) were printed from the same plate, using black ink for the monochrome print and hand-applied colored inks for the polychrome print.