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Looking in and out of the window – ten landscapes from the artist’s window

Looking in and out of the window – ten landscapes from the artist’s window

In this special period, when the world is trying to face a new reality, we invite you to explore how the masters of the past express their feelings about the outside world through the window, and their occasional sense of independence

Lucian Freud, Burlington Badlands

Lucian Freud (1922-2011), Burlington Badlands, 1970. Oil on canvas. 28 x 28 inches (71.1 x 71.1 cm). Sold for $7,781,000 on 12 November 2014 at Christie’s in New York. ©The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images
Lucian Freud’s (1922-2011) father, Ernst L. Freud, was an architect and Sigmund Freud’s first Four sons. After the death of his father in 1970, Freud began to paint row houses and factories, and created “Burlington Badlands” in the same year, depicting the garbage dump outside the studio window with a scrutinized eye, implementing his nude paintings and portraits. technique.Freud later recalled: “When I looked out through the back window of the house, I found that more and more people had moved out, and the window became more and more empty.” Solace in the melancholic landscape that seems mundane.


Pierre Bonnard “Puppy at French Window”

Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), “Puppy at French Window”, 1927.  Oil on canvas. 42¼ x 24⅞ inches (107.3 x 63.2 cm). Sold for $4,212,500 on 13 November 2017 at Christie’s in New York
Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) spent the last two decades of his life having breakfast and lunch every day with his wife Marthe in the small living room on the second floor of the modest villa Le Bosquet, where Overlooking the bay of Cannes. The pair bought the house in 1926, when Bonnard was in his late sixties, and painted the painting the following year.In Bonnard’s later years, Grove House remained his chief source of inspiration. According to his great-nephew Michel Terrasse, Bonnard created 59 works on the theme of the dining room, 21 on the theme of the living room, 15 on the theme of the bathroom, Create 6 works on the theme of bedroom.


Camille Pissarro, Pont Neuf in a Rainy Afternoon, Series 1

Camille Pissarro (1830-1903), Pont Neuf in a Rainy Afternoon, Series I, 1901. Oil on canvas. 32 x 25¾ inches (81.2 x 65.4 cm). Sold for $6,517,500 on 11 November 2019 at Christie’s in New York

In December 1900, Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) moved to the second floor of No. 28 Prince Place in Paris. The apartment can see the oldest bridge of the Seine, the Pont-Neuf (Pont-Neuf).
Pissarro described this landscape in this way: “It is a delicate and fascinating subject. After moving to Paris, I can work in front of the window without interruption.” In the next three years, he used the Pont Neuf as the theme in the apartment window He created 13 paintings before, depicting the scenery of Xinqiao in cloudy weather, rainy snow, frost and fog.


Gustave Caillebotte, “Man on the Balcony of the Boulevard Haussmann”

Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1893), Man on the Balcony of Boulevard Haussmann, 1880. 45⅞ x 35⅛ inches (116.5 x 89.5 cm). Sold for $14,306,000 on 8 May 2000 at Christie’s in New York

The balcony was one of Gustave Caillebotte’s (1848-1893) favorite themes, representing the life of the middle class in Paris in the 19th century, because only the rich could stand on the balcony to enjoy the street view and show off their status.
Caillebotte once wrote: “We communicate with the outside world through a window.” In this work, he depicts the scenery looking out from his apartment, and he presents the balcony railing and canopy design of the apartment with delicate brushstrokes. And deal with the opposite house in the same way.


Spencer Frederick Gore, “A View from the Window on Hampstead Road”

Spencer Frederick Gore (1878-1914), View from the Window of Hampstead Road, 1911. Oil on canvas. 14 x 10 inches (35.5 x 25.4 cm). Sold for £115,250 on 18 June 2008 at Christie’s in London
Spencer Frederick Gore (1878-1914) painted this painting during the summer of 1911 while staying at the home of artist Walter Sickert in Camden, North London. Depicting Hampstead Road and Rutland Street, a maid scrubs the steps leading to a doctor’s office. Gore was so inspired by this short stay that he decided to move here a year later.


C.R.W. Nevinson, “The View from the Window of Venice”


Christopher Nevinson, A.R.A. (1889-1946), View from the Window of Venice, 1934. Oil on canvas. 25½ x 30½ inches (64.8 x 77.4 cm). Sold for £100,900 on 20 November 2013 at Christie’s in London
In the 1930s, Christopher Nevinson (1889-1946) abandoned the abstract style of his early career and the war period to paint in a more realistic and traditional way.
The landscape in the painting is the bedroom window scene painted by Nevinson during his travels on the island of Giudecca in the Venetian Lagoon in 1934. He once said: “(Venice) is the first place that inspired me to become an artist, and it may also be The last one.” Reflecting on that trip, he claims, “Despite my illness, I decided to go and do some of the best work of my life there.”


Hiroshige Utagawa’s “The Town of Asakusa Takashi”

Hiroshige Utagawa (1797-1858), “The Town of Asakusa Takata”, from “Hundred Views of Edo in Famous Places”. Colored woodblock print. Dapan portrait: 14.8 x 9⅝ in (35.8 x 24.5 cm); 13⅝ x 9 in (34.6 x 22.9 cm) (2). Sold for $40,000 on 18 March 2014 at Christie’s in New York
In front of the second-floor window of a brothel, a prostitute’s clothing is casually placed in the foreground, and a cat is watching a grand rooster festival parade over rice fields in Asakusa.
This print is from Utagawa Hiroshige’s (1797-1858) last masterpiece, “Hundred Views of Famous Places of Edo,” depicting the sights and cultural festivals of Edo Castle (now Tokyo) in the nineteenth century.


Carl Vilhelm Holsøe The Artist’s Wife Seated by the Window of a Bright Room

Carl Wilm Holso (Denmark, 1863-1935), The Artist’s Wife Seated by the Window of a Bright Room. Oil on canvas. 32¼ x 35½ inches (81.9 x 90.2 cm). Sold for $167,000 on 28 October 2015 at Christie’s in New York
Like his fellow painter Vilhelm Hammershøi, Karl Vilhelm Hammershøi (1863-1935) was also known for his paintings of simple, serene interior scenes that convey a sense of reflection and timelessness. While Harmershoy often used a closed window to symbolize isolation from the world, Horso, in contrast, paints an open door in this painting, allowing one to see the sun-drenched garden, bringing nature into the interior.


Vincent van Gogh “The Farmer Plowing the Field”

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Peasants Plowing the Field, 1889. Oil on canvas. 19⅞ x 25½ inches (50.3 x 64.9 cm). Sold for $81,312,500 on 13 November 2017 at Christie’s in New York
For nearly a year from 1889 to 1890, Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) recuperated in the Saint-Paul sanatorium near Arres in southern France, and saw this view every day through the only window in his room. At the end of August 1889, he began to work on “The Farmer Plowing the Field”, and it took only a few days to complete this painting, which was a great progress for him, because he hadn’t seen it for six weeks after his nervous breakdown. Draw and paint.
Van Gogh explained in a letter to his brother Theo on September 2: “Yesterday I started painting again, some of the things I saw outside the window. Drawing distracts me more than anything else, and if I can It might be the best therapy to get back into creating with all your heart.”


Edouard Vuillard Streets of Paris (panel for Henri Bernstein: Group II, Place Ventimiglia)

Édouard Vuillard (1868-1940), Streets of Paris (panel for Henri Bernstein: Group II, Place Ventimiglia). Water-gel paint, charcoal pencil, paper, mounted on wood. 78¾ x 19⅝ in (200 x 49.6 cm). Sold for $3,852,500 on 8 May 2018 at Christie’s in New York

Playwright Henry Bernstein commissioned Édouard Vuillard (1868-1940) to create four works in which the artist painted the vibrant everyday life of his neighbors in his fourth-floor apartment on the edge of Montmartre.

Two of these paintings are now in the collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the other two will be featured in the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller sale on 8 May 2018 at Christie’s in New York. In the five years since the completion of this group of works, Vuillard has continued to paint many paintings with the theme of the park scenery outside the apartment window.

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