BELMONT — St. Barnabas Hospital has a prescription for cheering up patients and staff alike — a pair of abstract paintings from a Danish artist.
The works from landscape artist Christina Blaabjerg: "The View Towards the City," which Blaabjerg donated, and "A Powerful Road," which was purchased by the hospital's auxiliary, are on display on the first floor of the building near the auditorium and were installed last week.
"Christina Blaabjerg's paintings have already captured the imagination of staff and patients who have passed by them," Dr. Dara Rosenberg, director of the hospital's department of dentistry, said in a statement.
"Her unique style, which includes painting the walls behind her pictures to enhance their effect, has greatly added to the hospital's environment. Our hospital is a much richer place as a result.”
Blaabjerg chose to donate "The View Towards the City" after the hospital's pediatrics chair Dr. David Rubin told her how St. Barnabas helps a population in the Bronx that is underserved, she said in a statement.
Rubin's wife is Danish and knows the artist.
“I thought it would be nice to give to a hospital like St. Barnabas, where so many people can look at and enjoy the art,” Blaabjerg said. “When I came to install the art, I had really good conversations with many people when they walked by.”
Blaabjerg, whose paintings generally sell for between $5,000 and $10,000, graduated from the Fine Art Academy of Aarhus in Denmark and tries to portray the contrasts between nature and architecture in her works.