Luftmensch

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Vilhelm Hammershøi, „Young Girl pouring Tea“ (The Artist’s Sister, 1884)

The out-of-work painter sketches the ghetto / emptied of its inhabitants. / The painting is filled with objects. / The absence of the living is only temporary / and hints at the most delicious mysteries. / The “somewhat overstocked zoos” of pre WWII Europe. / Zeppelins are required. Liftships leave every day. / We all took pretty ponies up the golden stairs to the sun. / Extraordinary visions all last night. / Along the lake of Silvaplana, / not too far from a certain powerful pyramidal rock near Suler / I was given the envelope. / Into the teacup, quickly, my friends! / The cup (as the mirror shows) / is indeed the cracked yellow one / Otto Frank is now holding in his trembling hands / as the Nazis march down the little street. / But little teacup does make it through! / And the silence and dust are so dear to us.

Later the teacup is filled with the eyelashes of owls. / A wind comes and we waft through the night.

Joe Green

Ida Reading a Letter

Der wundervolle Däne Vilhelm Hammershøi, dessen Bilder sicherlich mit zu dem Besten gehören, das die heutige Internationale zu vergeben hat, bedeuten nichts als die Lyrik der absoluten Ruhe und Weltabgeschiedenheit, wobei dieser moderne nordische Vermeer in den durchsichtig weichen Silberglanz, von dem seine Innenräume erfüllt, seine Gestalten umschlossen sind, ein malerisches Mittel von beinahe musikalischer Gewalt besitzt.

Georg Biermann (1909)

Vilhelm Hammershøi, "Ida Reading A Letter" (vor 1916)
Vilhelm Hammershøi, „Ida Reading A Letter“ (vor 1916)