Saturday, 27 March 2010

Day 086 (27.03.10)

Dag seksogfirs. So, my school play has finally ended. The fourth performance is over, and that means all there is left to do is clear stuff away. But, for all intents and purposes, the important stuff is over. It's a real shame; I was just getting into it. However, I can now sleep for the whole of tomorrow, if need be. It's been fun while it lasted, this school play lark. Thanks for the experience, guys.


We've ignored the Eames interlude today and we're back to Christen Købke, the unusual Danish artist. Hey, here's some trivia for you: he died at the age of 36. Sad, huh? Well, anyways, the above picture is the one I originally wanted to find. I saw it in the G2 magazine on thursday. It's of the roof of Frederiksborg Castle, in Denmark.

And no, no, I have not cropped this picture. That is exactly how he painted it on the canvas. An oddly large part of the painting is just of the sky. Why? Well, only Købke can tell us for sure, but we can guess. Maybe it's more about what the castle looks out on (hills and sky) than the castle itself. Maybe it's saying that the castle is just a small part of a bigger whole; the world. Maybe it is just another layer in the landscape; rolling hills, sky, castle. Or maybe it's saying something deeper than that. It certainly does have a sense of mystery about it when you start to realise just how much of the painting is sky, and yet the painting is clearly of Fredriksborg castle (this is not a 'Fredriksborg castle and sky' painting, it's one of a set of paintings of the castle Købke did). Perhaps Købke is trying to say something about the identity of the castle in the way it is presented. Is the castle's roof the most recognizable part? Maybe the surrounding countryseide defines the castle more than it does itself?

Hmm. Well, you've got me confuzzled Købke.


~John

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