Interior painting - the representation of indoor spaces in Fine Art - has been popular since the 17th century and is regarded as an independent genre in art history. Especially in Northern and Central Europe, but especially in the Netherlands, the interior - in addition to genre painting - has always been much favoured. Unpreceden- ted representations of interiors of this period include the paintings of Jan Vermeer who loved depicting individuals in their private homes. In the following centuries, the style of representation chan- ged somewhat, from representative spatial representations for the purpose of demonstrating wealth, culture and power to deserted private spaces in the paintings of the Impressionist artists, which allow the viewer to enter into a certain private sphere.
Today, contemporary artists draw on the many facets of interior painting and present a broad spec- trum: an intimate insight into a sunlit bedroom by Norbert Tadeusz, the expansive interior of Susanne Kühn, which beckons one to enter, the detail of a curtain and its reflection on the floor by Karin Knef- fel, the pieces of furniture and objects in Chris Reinecke’s drawing, which are scattered all over the work in a room without perspective, but still have a rigid order, or one of the few interior images by Stefan Kürten, who is rather known for his depictions of exteriors and cleverly combines both.
he medium of photography has also appropriated the representation of interiors, giving us insights into studios with or without artists. Lucien Clergue for
example took pictures of Pablo Picasso in his home in
the 1950s and 1960s and the icon Marilyn Monroe was
photographed by Lawrence Schiller, in a private moment, lying lasciviously on her sofa whilst being ser- ved food.
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WITH WORKS by Lucien Clergue, Andrea C. Hoffer, Thomas Huber, Karin Kneffel, Susanne Kühn, Stefan Kürten, August Macke, Victor Mira, Hartmut Neumann, Heribert C. Ottersbach, Chris Rei- necke, Lawrence Schiller, Norbert Tadeusz, Stefan à Wengen and Thomas Wrede.