Hammershoi

Hammershoi

Painting
The Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershoi (1864-1916) is one of my favourite painters. His sensitivity, his lighting technique, his sense of intimacy. He is mostly known because of his indoor scenes, sometimes with a certain symbolism but when he paints outer sceneries such as a church or a façade, he is again perfectly recognizable because of a quiet, still atmosphere. Hammershoi and those rooms where a woman, dressed in black most of the time, is looking thrown a window, or reading or sewing; those un-inhabited stays in gloom or bathed in light. He was very successful at life, then despised and now he is ‘in the spotlight’ again.  I really like the painters who run away from the grandiose and look at everyday simple things such as the tiny woman ‘peeping…
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Gwen John

Gwen John

Painting
I find that the Welsh painter Gwen John (1876-1939) is one of the greatest heros in the history of Art. I found a little book a while ago about her life, her works and, from that moment on, I have been totally devoted to her and her female portraits. I need to point out Gwen John’s unshakeable faith, her seek of solitude, the way she painted with no major ambition, completely separate from any fashion art movement. So many times, she has served as a model for me. She had not got an easy life, she did not seek it either; even at the expense of her well-being she was devoted to her paintings.   She travelled to Paris in 1904 and never left France. She worked as a model for…
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The Small Tramps by Fernand Pelez

The Small Tramps by Fernand Pelez

Painting
The French artist, of Spanish origin, Fernand Pelez (1843-1913) is little known. Another painter born in the 19th century one absolutely needs to re-discover; that’s why we advise to pay a visit to the Petit Palais in Paris. Influenced by the boldest realism, he devoted most of his works to tramps and under-privileged people (paying particular attention to children).  We find today that both academicism and Pelez’s neat technique are against those pathetic characters, that sordid environment but we need to point out that at no time did he commit himself to sentimentalism like other painters such as Bouguereau. Some of Pelez’s paintings are unforgettable like the one with a young flower-seller, who sleeps completely exhausted on a step. The picture of the ‘petit misère’ begging in a doorway is…
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