July 6, 2010

Inspiration: Vilhelm Hammershoi

I was standing around in my in-law's house the other day, waiting to leave, when I found a book about art on their bookshelf. I flipped it open and read about the painter Vilhelm Hammershoi.

He is most famous for his quiet, serene paintings of home interiors in grey, blue and white colors. Although Hammershoi lived from 1864-1916, I think his interiors look like photos from the pages of today's Martha Stewart Living or Real Simple magazine.

Many of his paintings feature a woman seen from the back. According to Wikipedia, this is his wife. I wonder why he always painted her from the back?


  1. Wow, I love his work!!!!

    ...maybe he wasn't good at painting noses or something, lol..

    I'm going to look into more about him- thanks for introducing me!

  2. He always painted his wife from the back because of her face.

  3. Maybe she didn't want her face painted?She could have been a private person,or didn't like her looks.
    (The first one is my favorite).

  4. wow, these are so gorgeous. Thanks for introducing him!

  5. Lol, that's totally possible, Amy. :)


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