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Took me eighteen months.
Drove me nuts.
The most challenging painting ever. (Of mine.
Humankind is going through one of its rare but profound paradigm shifts. And as ever, it’s driven by technology. From the stone age to the iron age, from farming to Fordism, how we make and do things has always affected how society operates. Marx may have been overly deterministic about the effect of the economic base on the social superstructure but as he wrote, “the windmill gives you society with the feudal lord: the steam mill, society with the industrial capitalist”. So what does the age of the internet, the smart phone and social media give us?
Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.Aldous Huxley
Vilhelm Hammershoi (1864-1916)
"Hammershoi’s work has been described as ‘Monet meets the Camden School’. His wife figures in many of his interiors, often depicted from behind. His paintings are muted in tone, he refrained from employing bright colors, opting always for a limited palette consisting of grays, desaturated yellows, greens, and other dark hues. His tableaux of figures turned away from the viewer project an air of slight tension and mystery."
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