Friday, March 26, 2010

Vilhelm Hammershøi - Interior with Young Man Reading - 1898

1 comment:

  1. I have always loved this painting. It's deceptively simple but to capture that interior mood, without making a painting boring, takes consummate skill. Look at the way the light comes through the window, hits the reader's hand and the side of his face, and then, glows against the wall in back of the male figure. The painting is dappled with a white, cool light - melancholic, thoughtful and introspective. The planks on the floor also show painterly skill with subtle touches that show the grain of the wood but without detracting from the main figure. Painting a piece where the main figure is off to one side and still maintaining that figure as the emotional "center" of a painting (while not actually being in the center) -- in fact, almost tucked into a corner -- is a sign of a remarkable skill. I think of paintings like this when I look at the latest cartoon scribble that passes for art and I shake my head with disbelief. Thanks for sharing with us!