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Fireplace Coziness in Art for Chilly Winter Nights

Magda Michalska 28 November 2023 min Read

Have you ever heard of Hygge? It’s a Danish and Norwegian word used to describe a feeling of coziness. Inspired by this beautiful word, I searched for hygge in art, and found it by a fireplace. So get yourself comfortable, grab a blanket and a cup of tea and let’s explore fireplace coziness in art. 

You don’t need to buy anything to be “hyggelig”, nor change your lifestyle. It literally only requires some mindfulness and tranquility to realize that you feel cozy. 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, Sankt Petersburg
Fireplace in Art: Robert Campin, Madonna and Child Before a Fireplace, 1430, Hermitage Museum, St. 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.

Hygge in Art: Childe Hassam, The Fireplace, 1912, private collection. WikiArt.
Fireplace in Art: Childe Hassam, The Fireplace, 1912, private collection. WikiArt.

Or, if you prefer to be alone, wait until the house is empty and enjoy a 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
Fireplace in Art: Lucian Freud, Armchair by the Fireplace, 1997, private collection. WikiArt. 

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

Hygge in Art: Adriaen van Ostade, A Talk at Fireplace, c.1640, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Fireplace in Art: Adriaen van Ostade, A Talk at Fireplace, c.1640, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

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