9D (Rumination) is a painting of the Nordics.  Its basic composition shows you a woman on a staircase. She is not overly made up and is wearing a Norwegian knitted top. This canvas is part of the series Nord which job it is to capture the light, mood or atmosphere of the nordic countries.

A particularly nordic trait is that our emotions do not fluctuate that much most of the time. I.e. not the Mediterranean passions, but something different and just as good: We can feel content and at ease with life or the contrast, a light sense of  melancholy, and we know that both wax and wane like the tides. It was the idea here that the woman should be descending flights of stairs whilst ruminating on something.

Looking closer at the painting, this by the way, is how you might perceive daylight much of the year in the nordics. That is, sort of diffuse light that is bluish grey. Hammershoi was fascinated by it, and, some would argue, made an artistic career out of it. The local architecture certainly attempts to make the most of it as well. Large triple-glazed windows to let in as much light as possible, and white or light interior design. Together with ample artificial lighting it prevent it all from going too dark and gloomy in the winter.

You can find more paintings in the series Nord.

Title/Titel/Titel/Títolo #9D, Acrylic and oil on canvas/ Akryl und Öl auf Leinwand/Akryl og olie på lærred/acrílico e óleo sobre tela 80x100cm, Year/Jahr/År/Ano 2018, anders dyhr.

9d in situ