What these Enigmatic Artworks Teach Me About Solitude

The power of Vilhelm Hammershøi’s paintings

Christopher P Jones
5 min readJan 18, 2024


Interior with Young Woman from Behind (1904) by Vilhelm Hammershøi. Oil on canvas. 60.5 × 50.5 cm. Randers Museum of Art, Denmark. Image source Wikimedia Commons

Some artists paint in order to add spectacle and drama to the world; others use their art to add silence.

Vilhelm Hammershøi was one of the latter.

Hammershøi invested so much meaning in the quietude of an empty room. His paintings consist of…