Interior with cello. Carl Vilhelm Holsøe (Danish, 1863-1935). Oil on canvas.
Holsøe painted the cello at least six times, but never being played. In one it’s leaning against the same chair as above, as well as against what seems to be a small piano or clavichord (another homage to Vermeer, this time to his virginals). The same instrument appears in other paintings, perhaps more of an heirloom and display surface than an active keyboard.