Hal Fischer

Hal Fischer

Hal Fischer is an artist based in San Francisco.


What artworks would you have/do you have in your drawing room?

My fictional drawing room is a sealed chamber of sorts (perhaps a cork-lined room with no doors or windows). It’s an environment that may exist outside the space/time continuum, something between Proust’s bedroom and Kubrick’s white room (2001). On further reflection, perhaps my drawing room is a mausoleum. That which I have selected reflects not simply what I have been drawn to or enjoyed in the past, but what I believe would sustain my interest, imagination, and learning capacity for an indeterminate future. 

Jean-Antoine Watteau, Pierrot, also called Gilles, 1718-1719, Musée du Louvre, Paris
Pierre Bonnard, Dining Room Overlooking the Garden (The Breakfast Room), 1930-31, Museum of Modern Art
Chaim Soutine, The Little Pastry Cook, 1922-1923, Musée de l’Orangerie
John Singer Sargent, Man Wearing Laurels, Los Angeles County Museum of Art


What books would you read/are you reading in your drawing room?

Jane Austen (complete works)
William Faulkner (complete works)
The Guardian (okay, not a book, but essential)


What movies would you watch/are you watching in your drawing room?

Jean Renior, complete collection of films
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, complete collection of films
David Lean, Lawrence of Arabia


What music would you listen to/are you listening to in your drawing room?

National Public Radio (not exactly music, but very informational)
Audra MacDonald, everything she has recorded
Chet Baker, Let’s Get Lost 


Who would you/do you invite into your drawing room?

Walter Benjamin
Marcel Proust
Dorothy Parker
Orson Welles