Don’t miss the recently opened Hammershøi exhibition in the Northern part of Copenhagen, in case you are nearby. The show is open until June, within surprisingly narrow daily visiting periods.
But who is Hammershøi for the Danes and international art? The late 19th century painter’s works have become known and popular worldwide in the recent decades, after a series of successful exhibitions at institutions such as the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, or Guggenheim Museum in New York. In 2012, his painting Ida Reading a Letter was sold at Sotheby’s auction for 1.700.000 GBP, which is a record price for a Danish work of art.
Typical elements of the artist’s oeuvre are flat colors, typical Scandinavian interiors, his wife, Ida depicted usually from the back, and the overall melancholy and sadness saturating his paintings. This mood is enhanced by the tranquillity, elegance, clearness and minimalism which are not only characteristics of his art, but the overall Scandinavian culture as well. If you want to understand more the essence of this style, this exhibition might get you closer to it. You can read more details in the CPH Post’s recent article.
The opening was also attended by one of Hammershøi’s most well-known fans, Michael Palin (known for his excellent travel documentaries and as the founding member of Monty Python). He also made a one-hour documentary about the painter in 2005, which can be watched online.