Empty corridors, empty rooms, empty souls: a no-life in soft grey elegance. Genevieve Dael (Paris 1947-).
I find interesting that her titles for three landscapes on this site allude to ontological uncertainty (‘L’azur noir’- black azure; ‘Entre chien et loup’ – nor day nor night; ‘Entre ciel et terre’- nor earth nor sky).
I believe that this indifference towards life characterises Dael’s interior scenes.
At first I thought her works were very similar to Vilhem Hammershoi’s ones. (He is a Danish painter (1864-1916), often called “the painter of silence”.)
Both artists use a muted palette. Both show us sparely furnished fashionable rooms with few people.
But the woman on Hammershoi’s canvasses is often seen occupied, reading or sewing ; light is pouring through the windows; some butter is left on the table, a piano is open and waiting : life might seem muted, but is very present. We simply are intruders.