Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Art and Beauty Tuesday--Harald Slott Moller
This charming painting is Morkenkaffen (which I think means morning coffee) by Harald Slott Moller. It shows a beautiful woman pouring herself coffee near a sunny curtained window.
The pure white of her dress is continued in the white of the curtains, which frame both the window and the silver coffee urn. The light and height are mimicked in the cream-colored clock that stands next to the chair that sits by the window.
The rest of the room is a typically dark interior of a pre-electric home. The light from the window tells us that this woman is getting her energy, not only from the coffee, but from the outside world and from nature.
The clock reminds us that what seems antique to us actually existed inside time and was this young woman's daily life.