Friday, January 8, 2010

At the Window

"Ved Vinduet" ("At the Window") is another one of my favorite paintings.  The Norwegian Hans Olaf Heyerdahl painted this picture of his wife, in 1881 while he stayed in Paris, and you can see how he was influenced by the French Impressionists  and their outdoor painting.  There is a lightness about it.  Fresh, like autumn air.

Ever since I saw this painting at the National Gallery in Oslo, I've loved it.  My husband and I lived in Paris for several years, and this window could in a way be my own.  And, I've always related to this woman, sitting there with her book, thinking, probably daydreaming.  

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