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Nikolai Astrup

Visions of Norway

Edited by MaryAnne Stevens; With essays by Frances Carey, Jay A. Clarke, Robert Ferguson, and MaryAnne Stevens, and a chronology by Kesia Eidesen

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April 13, 2021
240 pages, 9 x 11
160 color + b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300250855
Hardcover

Distributed for the Clark Art Institute

A compelling introduction to the life and artistic output of a trailblazing Norwegian painter, printmaker, and horticulturist

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.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, Stockholm
(February 13–May 23, 2021)

Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
(June 19–September 19, 2021)

KODE Art Museums, Bergen
(TBD)
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