Into the Silence…
The feeling of stillness which pervades the entire ouevre of Danish artist, Wilhelm Hammershoi, is extraordinary. I don’t believe that I have ever come across an artist before who can make an empty, spartan room so incredibly mesmerising. His figures often have their backs facing the viewer, or alternatively, are depicted in a half light, creating both a feeling of distance and a desire to know more. His colour palate may be limited, but his paintings are always flooded with a soft light, instilling life into the muted tones. These opaque, hazy images can become rather sombre when seen en masse (as I did at a Royal Academy exhibition a couple of years ago) but on their own they are beautiful, a breath of fresh air, and a welcome escape from the chaos of daily life.
Seurat, The Morning Walk
Akseli Gallen-Kallela: Lake Keitele, 1905