The Artist’s Sisters Signe and Henriette Reading a Book (1826). Constantin Hansen (1804-1880). Oil on canvas. Nordiska Muséet.
Hansen often used his sisters and friends as models; using simple costumes, poses and compositions, he managed to endow his pictures with the intimacy and warmth that mark the Danish Golden Age. The Artist’s Sisters Signe and Henriette Reading a Book is a fine example of his combination of natural observation with Neo-classical idealization.