A Closer look …… with Fiona James
The latest in our series of talks, the idea being to encourage a more questioning approach to an artist or a work of art, even if the artist is quite familiar.
A Closer Look………………at Spaces with Meaning – the domestic interior in painting
Paintings of domestic interiors became popular with Dutch painters in The Golden Age of Dutch Art in the 17th century, but they are not the only painters to have been interested in representing this subject.
This talk looks in detail at the changing ways in which interiors have been represented in Western art. Paintings of interiors, peopled or empty, can be read as expressions of faith, status, taste and wealth. Clues to interpreting the meanings implied by the interior and figures within it are often conveyed by the decor and objects in the room.
More recently in the 19th and 20th centuries both men and women painted pictures which focus on the domestic space, and which include still life, furnishings, portraits of family and friends and views through doorways and windows, all of which can suggest underlying meanings
Henry Gilman – Edwardian Interior 1907
Henri Matisse – In the Pink Studio 1911