Hammershøi, Montague Street, 1905-07 / From the British Museum, 1905-07
For those Londoners out there can you recognise this street view? (…well… apart from the title blatantly giving it away!)
It is on Great Russell Street, where it meets Montague Street. From the inside of where Hammershøi took his lodgings while staying in London. I used to live nearby and have walked these streets hundreds of times. Its so familiar. Although usually it’s full of people, a constant flow, never-ending. Everywhere.
The Dane, Hammershøi wrote in a letter that the fog and the soot of London affected his throat. Ah, but also that he felt very much at home here, he loved London. He has certainly captured the mood of the city in mid-winter. Grey sky, grey fog. Grey. Grey. Grey. (Incidentally, grey literally means a colour ‘without colour’).
Tip: Documentary film by Michael Palin on discovering Hammershøi - brilliant.
Note to self: Must make it back to beautiful Copenhagen (H?)