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Jóhannes S. Kjarval

Blómakarfa frá B.S.R.

Year
1955
Height
101 cm
Width
147 cm
Category
Málverk
Sub-category
Olíumálverk

Kjarval turned 70 on 15 October 1955, and many people wanted to honour him. Kjarval received innumerable birthday greetings, telegrams and not least flowers. Kjarval would often paint pictures of flowers he was given. As the old Icelandic saying goes, “a gift should be reciprocated,” and so the giver of the flowers would often receive the painting of them as a token of gratitude for the gift. In his flower arrangements Kjarval does not tread the beaten path. He would often paint the flowers in his own imaginary world rather than displaying them in realistic surroundings, although he did so on occasion. On his 70th birthday he received a large basket of flowers from the BSR taxi company. This gift from his friends at BSR provided him with material for at least two large arrangements, of which Flower Basket from BSR, seen here, is one. The basket of flowers fills out almost the entire picture plane. The simple background is ambiguous in effect, as it can be interpreted as either two- or three-dimensional.

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