Hjalmar Söderberg, Author
  • TitleHjalmar Söderberg, Author
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 120 x 40 cm
    Frame: (h x b) 130,7 x 150,6 cm
  • DatingMade 1910
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Herman Vedel, Danish, born 1875-03-01, dead 1948-12-01
  • Depicted PersonHjalmar Söderberg, Swedish, born 1869, dead 1941
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Classificationpainting
  • Inventory No.NMGrh 4011
  • AcquisitionPurchase 1989
  • Description
    Images and media

    Herman Vedel’s portrait of Hjalmar Söderberg was painted in Copenhagen, where the author moved in 1906. The spirit bottles on the table create an atmosphere of decadence that is reflected to some extent in the melancholia and mood that characterise his books. Portraits like this have played an important role in creating the image of the solitary artistic genius who has to flee into other mental worlds both to create and to be able to withstand the everyday world around him.