Vilhelm Hammershoi - A Sense of Place

Ref: C2345482

Vilhelm Hammershoi was a celebrated Danish painter known for his poetic, subdued and meditative interiors and sparse landscapes, and for his sensitivity to both light and spatial construction of his work. He is best known for his paintings of domestic spaces, sparsely furnished rooms with white walls and plain floors. Our perception is somehow irresistibly drawn to these spaces in which almost nothing is happening but which suggest something profound and inexpressible about the nature of art and life

Course aim

In this lecture we explore the work of Vilhelm Hammershoi

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No previous experience is necessary - just a lively, open-minded interest in art!

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Recognize the role of light in Hammershoi's work
  • Identify the role and significance of Hammershoi's choice of subject matter - a focus on the everyday, for example, on domestic spaces
  • Recognize the artist's approach to the formal concerns of painting - composition, perspective, colour, brushwork
  • Understand why and how Hammershoi's paintings have been described as sensuous, enigmatic, haunting, poetic, meditative

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Relevant booklist and web sites will be available

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Vilhelm Hammershoi - A Sense of Place


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