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Jóhannes S. Kjarval

Fyrstu snjóar

Year
1953
Height
126 cm
Width
95 cm
Category
Málverk
Sub-category
Olíumálverk

In the 1950s Kjarval increasingly started to personify the different forces of nature and weather in his paintings – such as snow, fog, wind, clouds and the northern lights. It came naturally to him to think of various natural phenomena as characters, and the piece First Snows is an example of this approach. He delineates a transparent, classical profile which can be interpreted as a personification of winter, an ice-cold snow-queen who spreads the greyish-white sheen of winter over the yellowish-brown and mossy-green colours of autumn, and heralds the coming of the kingdom of winter. The double outlines of the face make it distinct and give it character. He moulds the snow-queen with the confidence and power of the “Kjarval touch”: nothing is superfluous and nothing is lacking.

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