The Thinking 
Housewife
 

Friends

January 6, 2013

 

THE DANISH painter Viggo Johansen painted several wonderful pictures of friends gathered around a table conversing in lamplight, their faces animated by deep conversation and intense rapport. They include this 1886 painting, Aftenpassiar, or Evening Talk. In each of the paintings, his conversing men and women appear in suits and elegant dress, as if intellectual communion is a formal event.

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