Vilhelm Hammershoi

Thanks to the Royal Academy of Arts, I have discovered a new artist to explore.

Vilhelm Hammershoi (1864-1916) was a Danish artist, inspired by Vermeer and Whistler.

Hammershøi’s most compelling works are his quiet, haunting interiors, their emptiness disturbed only occasionally by the presence of a solitary, graceful figure, often the artist’s wife. Painted within a small tonal range of implied greys, these sparsely-furnished rooms exude an almost hypnotic quietude and sense of melancholic introspection.

In addition to the interiors, the exhibition also includes Hammershøi’s arresting portraits, landscapes and his evocative city views, notably the deserted streets of London on a misty winter morning.

I’m going to enjoy this exploration, I just know it.

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