Young woman with a chinon in profile studies seated at a donkey's desk. The light falls from an attic with paintings and plants. The rest of the room is rather dark. The scene is well representative of the interior views of the school of W. Hammershoi, founder of this movement with international repercussions.
Friis Nybo studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Arts from 1887 to 1889, then with Kristian Zahrtmann until 1892. In 1892 he also exhibited his first work at the Great Spring Exhibition in Berlin-Charlottenburg. He made study trips through Scandinavia and to Berlin (1905) and Paris (1905, 1908, 1909). Friis Nybo mainly painted aesthetic interiors with female figures, often in lamplight. The influence of Vilhelm Hammershøi and Carl Holsøe, as well as James McNeill Whistler, is recognizable. In 1908, he exhibited at the Paris Salon. He has been distinguished several times. Due to poor health, he would gradually produce less and less as his career ended. He died in 1929, aged 60. His works are exhibited among others,in Skagen and Aarhus museums