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Hammershoi by AlbertE on 6 July 2005 9:22pm
I just read an article in the Guardian about MP's documentary next week - which I await eagerly, as I fell in love with his paintings (Hammershoi's not Michael's!) at first sight a year or so ago at an exhibition in New York, but have never found anyone else in the UK who's heard of him. May I suggest that this starts a new series of art travel programmes - Scandinavian and Nordic art in paticular is scandalously unknown here. If you'd like some suggestions or a companion on such travels, Michael, let me know!
Re: Hammershoi by Ello on 7 July 2005 1:11pm
i saw some of his paintings in the radio times article, and im not much of an art fan, but they really did have a sense of mystery and suspence to them. I really liked the empty room one; you can imagine your own story to them
Re: Hammershoi by Kanksha on 8 July 2005 10:59am
I agree totally with both these messages. If you like paintings that you can imagine your own story to, then check out Echo Eggebrecht's paintings (she has a website).
Re: Hammershoi by Ello on 11 July 2005 8:23pm
thanks, Kanksha! I'll have to check that out.
love ello xx
Re: Hammershoi by Kanksha on 12 July 2005 8:29pm
Great! Let us know what you think.
Re: Hammershoi by Valarie on 12 July 2005 9:05pm
If anyone hasn't seen any images yet, here's a site worth looking at: http://www.artrenewal.org/asp/database/art.asp?aid=2405#

I really like them. I understand the comparison to Vermeer because of the light and the sense of solitude, but Vermeer always seems to capture a particular, revelatory moment in time. These seem to capture a mood instead - they're more private, almost invasive.
Re: Hammershoi by copps on 13 July 2005 10:23am
Loved the programme last night! Michael ended the programme by wondering why open doors feature in so many paintings. Could H be suggesting that there are many places the sitter could have been in but chose not to be? That the space she is in is the right space for her? The fact her back is to the artist keeps him out of her space. So the sitter exists in isolation. Her existence is only real to herself. Landscapes are also empty. Perhaps H was influenced by Kierkegaard - an early existentialist.
Re: Hammershoi by Wild in Africa on 13 July 2005 10:45am
What do you mean 'last night' copps? As far as I am aware it is on, on Thursday evening at 10.35 on BBC1 according to my Radio Times.
Re: Hammershoi by Spursfan on 13 July 2005 11:01am
That's what I thought, m8!


Re: Hammershoi by Dr. Piglet on 13 July 2005 3:15pm
very interesting observation, copps.... everyone will have their own interpretations (which is after all, one of the purposes of any kind of art) but to me, that open door motif seemed to illustrate that if we remain isolated, it is of our own choosing: there is always a way out. we shut ourselves into cages of our own making, not noticing that there is an open door right in front of us. kinda like the old story of the elephant who was chained to a post for so long, that when they removed the chain he still stayed within that small perimeter which he was used to.

just a few thoughts


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