Thursday, 26 June 2008

Vilhelm Hammershøi

Vilhelm Hammershøi - Double Portrait (1898)On 28 June the Royal Academy of Arts opens the first ever UK retrospective of Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916) with over 60 paintings gathered from around the world: Vilhelm Hammershøi: The Poetry of Silence. The fanciful title refers to the quietude of his works with their empty spaces and sombre tones, evocative of silence. You can't help wondering if a dose of anti-depressants would have perked up his pallet. The RA's pricing structure is ridiculously complex. So I'll just type "adults £8 and silver surfers £7" and leave you to click the title link. If any mum fancies dragging a 6-year-old child round this sombre show, the kid gets in free. Aw, thanks, RA.


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