Yesterday I visited an exhibition, with the Danish artist Jens Soendergaad (1895 -1957).

His paintings were often influenced by his contempories, but at the same time he had his own very distinct style. His painting of a midsummer bonfire on the beach in West Jutland, with his strange elongated stick people looking on, creates a wonderful atmosphere. As do his paintings of snowy landscapes and stormy seascapes.

I was fascinated by one of his portraits – “portrait of an old lady” from 1943 mainly because it reminded me of a work by David Hockney from 1972 – “Mother wearing a black dress with spots”

Here are two artists, with very little in common, but both have made sensitive portraits of eldery women, showing obvious understanding and  affection for the sitter.

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