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In Another Light

Post #1117 • January 29, 2008, 7:08 AM • 2 Comments

In Another Light: Danish Painting in the Nineteenth Century joined the Artblog.net collection over the weekend. I never cease to wonder at how many worthy artists we may never know about for residing somewhere off the main axes, so the title caught my eye, not to mention the exquisite Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg on the cover. The region produced artists of notable superiority to the wider run of 19th C. standard-issue realists. A whole chapter spotlights one of them, Vilhelm Hammershøi, who used a neutral palette, restrained poses, and soft but decisive draughtsmanship to produce works of enormous aesthetic and psychological richness. (Think Whistler, but without the sloshing.) Handsomely produced and covering a topic I have seen treated nowhere else, this gem of a book deserves your consideration.

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Marc Country

January 29, 2008, 11:18 AM

That is indeed a fine, meaty lass on that cover...

The Whistler connection is so unavoidable, it's spooky... Perhaps Whistler's mother gave up a baby Vilhelm to a Danish orphanage...

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Chris Rywalt

January 31, 2008, 10:26 AM

That is a great painting of a woman's back. Fantastic.

And Hammershøi, wow, those paintings don't look dated at all.

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