Celebrated in Norway, Nikolai Astrup (1880 – 1928) is barely known elsewhere, largely because all his work remains in his native country. The Dulwich Picture Gallery presents this landscape artist and innovative printmaker in Painting Norway (until 15 May). Astrup’s work has none of the depressively dark Scandinavian atmosphere the recent Munch show had. Instead there is a magical quality in scenes from his beloved childhood home where the yellow marsh marigolds flowered, the steep lakeside shores of the adult home now called Astruptunet after him and the bonfires of midsummer nights on the lake. His fusion of woodblock printing and oil painting is well illustrated with multiple versions of the same block.
Nikolai Astrup March Atmosphere at Jølstravatnet, (Before 1908) Private Collection, Oslo