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Jóhannes S. Kjarval

Skjaldbreiður (Í Grafningi)

Year
1957-1962
Height
204 cm
Width
154 cm
Category
Málverk
Sub-category
Olíumálverk

The Þingvellir National Park is forever connected with Kjarval: from 1930 onwards he would regularly come here throughout his career, to paint. In the late 1950s he started looking for new sites in the Þingvellir region, so he painted in the Grafningur and Hengill areas. He erected his easel, among other places, in a dried-up riverbed in Grafningur, in a modest location which at first glance did not appear to offer anything but rocks and eroded soil. In these pieces, his subjects are even more understated than before: the varying forms of the rocks in the earth, and the low-growing foliage colouring the ground. The foreground of the pictures is his main subject, but on the horizon Mt. Skjaldbreiður is discernible in some of the paintings, Mt. Hengill in others. Skjaldbreiður had always been one of his favourite subjects, but now he shows us the mountain from a new perspective, at a distance, as it appears from the Grafningur area.

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