A Danish Surrealist

I was in Paris this week – I love saying that!! – and this particular work struck a chord at the Centre Pompidou: The Nun’s Prayer by Wilhelm Freddie.


I thought at first that it was a Dali I hadn’t seen before, so was interested in this new artist and the fact that Denmark had a surrealist movement.  This particular work was exhibited in 1937 and the artist courted controversy throughout his career.

This little video tells you more: Wilhelm Freddie – Portrait

The figure is very Dali-like and it was compared to his ‘Spectre of Sex Appeal’. The contrast of light and shadow is stark; this is not an image that you can ‘unsee’.