"Nikolai Astrup" by MaryAnne Stevens

Nikolai Astrup Visions of Norway MaryAnne Stevens, Frances Carey, Jay A. Clarke, Robert Ferguson, Kesia Eidesen

Publication date:
30 Jun 2020
Clark Art Institute
240 pages: 279 x 229mm
160 color + b-w illus.
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Nikolai Astrup (1880–1928) was a Norwegian Expressionist artist known for colorful paintings and woodcuts of his native landscape. Astrup received a formal art education in Kristiania (now Oslo), Germany, and Paris, but he later rebelled against certain aspects of his training, such as traditional color theory and conventions of optical perspective. He rejected metropolitan cultural centers in favor of his rural childhood home in western Norway, where he produced a remarkable body of work. This volume brings Astrup’s life and work to a North American audience, situating him within the history of Norway and late 19th- and early 20th-century art. Astrup’s horticultural innovations on the farmstead where he lived are also explored. The book’s beautiful illustrations highlight the intensity of Astrup’s palette, the innovative nature of his prints, and the magical realism of his landscapes steeped in ancient folklore and local customs.

MaryAnne Stevens is a scholar and independent curator.

Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
(June–September 2020)

KODE Art Museums, Bergen
(October 2020–January 2021)

Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, Stockholm
(February–May 2021)