The Royal Academy – Vilhelm Hammershøi

Wondering what to do on another miserable rainy Sunday I decided to catch the Vilhelm Hammershøi exhibition before it ended. I didn’t know the artist’s work and was absolutely overwhelmed by his style – peaceful, composed paintings with subdued colours and perfect straight lines.

Sunshine, 1900

Hammershøi was a recluse which shows in his paintings, most of them were views of his home: interior and exterior, portraits of his wife almost always painted from the back.

There were few very powerful paintings of deserted streets on a misty day, a couple of them of The British Museum and surroundings; haunted interior of an old ballroom and some beautiful landscapes.

I left the exhibition feeling content and satisfied.

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