Úr Húsafellsskógi

Úr Húsafellsskógi

Ásgrímur Jónsson

  • Year : 1941
  • Height : 100 cm
  • Width : 139.8 cm
  • Category : Málverk
  • Sub-category : Olíumálverk

In the autumn of 1938 Ásgrímur Jónsson sought medical treatment in the little German town of Reichenhall in Bavaria, at a famous sanatorium for asthmatics. He stayed there until the summer of 1939 while getting re-acquainted with his old idols, Cézanne, Renoir and van Gogh, and going to see their paintings on display in Munich. In his memoir, Myndir og minningar (Paintings and Memories), Ásgrímur says: “I was very impressed with their powerful art and I felt that I experienced it in a deeper and clearer light than ever before”(p. 184). What followed is discussed by Björn Th. Björnsson in his art history: “This re-acquaintance was without doubt primarily responsible for the great change which fully materialised in Ásgrímur's painting from Húsafell in the summer of 1941, and which characterised his art for the next seven years.

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