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The Seamstress
  • Artist Christian Krohg (Norwegian, 1852 - 1925)
  • TitleThe Seamstress
  • Dating 1881
  • Technique/MaterialOil on canvas
  • Dimensions130 x 165 cm
    Djup: 2,5 cm
    Ram: 156 x 192,5 x 5 cm
  • AcquisitionGift of A and D Köster, 1902
  • CategoryOil painting
  • Inventory NumberGKM 0328
  • Display StatusNot shown in the museum
Signatures etc.
Exhibition History
The painting takes us to a neat but relatively simple dwelling, shown with detailed realism. The woman at the sewing machine has been overcome by fatigue and is fast asleep, unaware of our eyes upon her. The warm light of the paraffin lamp—at that time something of a novelty—has competition from the cooler daylight that penetrates the blind. Krohg worked on the motif in several versions, and similar motifs were also painted by some of his contemporaries.

Philippa Nanfeldt from The Collection Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gothenburg 2014