Peter Ilsted (1861 - 1933)
Ilsted, born on the island of Falster in Denmark, was a painter and printmaker who specialized in the mezzotint. He trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. He was one of three Danish artists who, working in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, produced a body of work reminiscent of seventeenth century Dutch painting. Their use of soft light and shading brought a sense of order and tranquility to interior scenes and to their characters, who seem completely oblivious of the artist's presence. Ilsted was fascinated with the possibilities of mezzotint as another way of rendering his beautifully lighted paintings, and produced a number of such works.
Expecting A Guest
Mezzotint, 1911; edition of 125. Image size 15-1/8” x 13”; sheet size 20-1/8” x 18½”. Numbered 21/125 and signed by the artist in the lower margin. A fine impression which captures the warmth and softness of interior shading for which Ilsted is best known. Olufsen/Svensson 6.