Mon 21 July 2008, The Independent

Vilhelm Hammershoi's show at the Royal Academy proves he should be better known

By Tom Lubbock
An empty room. An open door, giving a glimpse of another empty room. Bare walls. Bare tables. Bare polished boards. A cold, clear light coming in, casting a slant of brightness on to a wall or floor. A woman in a long dark dress, standing alone and motionless. Her back turned. Whites, greys, blacks, browns so deep they're near-monochrome. A geometry of straight edges. The odd gleam. Stillness. Quiet. Mystery. Sorrow. Scenes from a memory.
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