Norway in London

Painting Norway: Nikolai Astrup (1880-1928), Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, London SE21, until 15th May 2016

Nikolai Astrup The Parsonage, Oil on canvas 101 x 88 cm The Savings Bank Foundation DNB/The Astrup Collection/KODE Art Museums of Bergen

Nikolai Astrup
The Parsonage,
Oil on canvas
101 x 88 cm
The Savings Bank Foundation DNB/The Astrup Collection/KODE Art Museums of Bergen

This is London’s first exhibition of paintings and prints by the renowned Norwegian artist Nikolai Astrup (1880-1928).  It is an exhilarating insight into both his artistic life and the area where he lived in western Norway where he grew up in his father’s parsonage at Ålhus and later at his own farmstead at Astruptunet (formerly known as Sandalstrand).  It is a magical world recalling his childhood and the spirit of the place.

Nikolai Astrup Interior Still Life: Christmas Morning, Oil on canvas 94 x 104 cm Private Collection

Nikolai Astrup
Interior Still Life: Christmas Morning,
Oil on canvas
94 x 104 cm
Private Collection

Although initially a follower of the Norwegian naturalist style through studying elsewhere in Europe he became influenced by the “naive” style of Maurice Denis and Henri ‘le Douanier’ Rousseau and the results as you can see are both distinctive and engaging.

Nikolai Astrup Midsummer Eve Bonfire, After 1917 Black and white woodcut on paper 34.5 x 34 cm approx Private Collection

Nikolai Astrup
Midsummer Eve Bonfire, After 1917
Black and white woodcut on paper
34.5 x 34 cm approx
Private Collection

 

Henrik Lund Portrait of Nikolai Astrup, 1900 Oil on canvas 90 x 68 cm Oslo Museum

Henrik Lund
Portrait of Nikolai Astrup, 1900
Oil on canvas
90 x 68 cm
Oslo Museum

 

Nikolai Astrup A Clear Night in June, 1905-1907 Oil on canvas 148 x 152 cm The Savings Bank Foundation DNB/The Astrup Collection/KODE Art Museums of Bergen

Nikolai Astrup
A Clear Night in June, 1905-1907
Oil on canvas
148 x 152 cm
The Savings Bank Foundation DNB/The Astrup Collection/KODE Art Museums of Bergen

http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

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