Peter Ilsted, ‘The Blue Cupboard’, 1924, Theodore B. Donson Ltd.

The art of Peter Ilsted expresses the essence of life in Copenhagen at the turn of the century : tranquility and orderliness, contentment with home and family and isolation from the political and social turmoil.
A mezzotint is created by scraping modulated tones from densely roughened copperplate; it is thus ideal for replicating a painting style rich in chiaroscuro. To make a color mezzotint, inks are applied "a la poupee"; by dabbing the plate with rags, soaked in inks of different colors; thus, each print can be unique. By changing the hues and transparencies of the inks, Ilsted could create a dull light of an overcast day or a brilliant light of a sunlit day, the mellow light of morning or the golden light of evening, a melancholy mood or a cheery mood. The muted tonalities in Ilsted's work support a luminosity that verges on the supernatural, a silence that verges on mystery.

Signature: Beautiful, luminous proof, signed in pencil and annotated "Orig. Radering"; apart from the numbered edition of 60.

Olufsen/Svensson 44; Donson 31

About Peter Ilsted

Danish, 1861-1933, Copenhagen, Denmark, based in Denmark

Solo Shows

1999
Lumley Cazlet Ltd., 
London, UK,
Peter Ilsted Paintings and Mezzotints 1900-1931

Group Shows

1996
New Orleans Museum of Art, 
New Orleans, LA, USA,
Mezzotint, Art of Darkness