Hygge by a Fireplace in Art

Magda Michalska 6 December 2017 min Read

You guys ever heard of Hygge? It's a Danish and Norwegian word used to describe a feeling of coziness. Whether you're home alone or out with friends, you can feel hygge: you just need to recognize and enjoy being in the present. Inspired by this beautiful word, I've searched for hygge in art. I found it by a fireplace...

Gustav Klimt, Lady by the Fireplace, 1898, Belvedere, Vienna, art, hygge, fireplace
Hygge by a Fireplace in Art: Gustav Klimt, Lady by the Fireplace, 1898, Belvedere, Vienna, Austria.

You don't need to buy anything to be “hyggeligt”, or change your lifestyle. It literally requires just consciousness, mindfulness and a certain slowness, to realize that you feel cozy and to indulge in this feeling. The Scandinavians created hygge to survive dark and cold days during which a simple act of having a cuppa, or lighting a candle, could make a real difference to one’s mood.

Robert Campin, Madonna and Child Before a Fireplace, 1430 Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, hygge in art
Hygge by a Fireplace in Art: Robert Campin, Madonna and Child Before a Fireplace, 1430 Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

We all should take an example from this baby Jesus, enjoying his mummy's embrace and the warmth of the fire. Just lie comfortably in the company of your family or friends and cuddle, cuddle, cuddle...

Childe Hassam, The Fireplace,1912, Private Collection, hygge in art
Hygge by a Fireplace in Art: Childe Hassam, The Fireplace,1912, Private Collection.

Or, if you prefer to be alone, wait until the house is empty and enjoy the moment of solitude, finally having a chance to think things over. You can stand or...

Lucian Freud, Armchair by the Fireplace, 1997, Private Collection, hygge in art
Hygge by a Fireplace in Art: Lucian Freud, Armchair by the Fireplace, 1997, Private Collection.

... sit down in your favourite armchair. Oh, how I love armchairs! Lucian Freud, (yes, he was a grandson of THIS Sigmund Freud), the British painter and draftsman known for his portraits, must have loved armchairs, too.

Adriaen van Ostade, A Talk at Fireplace, c.1640, Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, hygge in art
Hygge by a Fireplace in Art: Adriaen van Ostade, A Talk at Fireplace, c.1640, Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

By creating effortless rituals, such as stopping at the same bookshop once in a while, or reading our DailyArt app every day, you can make your life a little piece of art to enjoy.

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