Ida in an Interior with Piano (1901). Vilhelm Hammershøi (Danish, 1864-1916). Oil on canvas.
The piano, normally associated with room-filling sound, stands silent in the stillness, the player’s stool empty. Ida appears absorbed in her handiwork or reading, concealed by the side table. The painting is a ‘symphony’ in white and grey, the whole illuminated by the soft directional light from the window as in the paintings of Vermeer which Hammershøi so admired.