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Published on December 6th, 2017 | by Magda Michalska

Art, Hygge, And a Fireplace

You guys ever heard of Hygge? It’s a Danish and Norwegian word used to describe a feeling of coziness. Whether you’re home alone or out with friends, you can feel hygge: you just need to recognize and enjoy being in the present. Inspired by this beautiful word, I’ve searched for hygge in art. I found it by a fireplace…

Gustav Klimt, Lady by the Fireplace, 1898, Belvedere, Vienna, art, hygge, fireplace

Gustav Klimt, Lady by the Fireplace, 1898, Belvedere, Vienna

You don’t need to buy anything to be “hyggeligt”, or change your lifestyle. It literally requires just consciousness, mindfulness and a certain slowness, to realize that you feel cozy and to indulge in this feeling. The Scandinavians created hygge to survive  dark and cold days during which a simple act of having a cuppa, or lighting a candle, could make a real difference to one’s mood.

Robert Campin, Madonna and Child Before a Fireplace, 1430 Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, hygge in art

Robert Campin, Madonna and Child Before a Fireplace, 1430 Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg

We all should take an example from this baby Jesus, enjoying his mummy’s embrace and the warmth of the fire. Just lie comfortably in the company of your family or friends and cuddle, cuddle, cuddle…

Childe Hassam, The Fireplace,1912, Private Collection, hygge in art

Childe Hassam, The Fireplace,1912, Private Collection

Or, if you prefer to be alone, wait until the house is empty and enjoy the moment of solitude, finally having a chance to think things over. You can stand or…

Lucian Freud, Armchair by the Fireplace, 1997, Private Collection, hygge in art

Lucian Freud, Armchair by the Fireplace, 1997, Private Collection

… sit down in your favourite armchair. Oh, how I love armchairs! Lucian Freud, (yes, he was a grandson of THIS Sigmund Freud), the British painter and draftsman known for his portraits, must have loved armchairs, too.

Adriaen van Ostade, A Talk at Fireplace, c.1640, Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, hygge in art

Adriaen van Ostade, A Talk at Fireplace, c.1640, Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg

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About the Author

Magda, an art historian-to-be, she writes about art because she cannot make it herself. She loves committed and political artists like Ai Wei Wei or the Futurists; like Joseph Beuys she believes that art can change us and we can change the world.



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