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Astrup Paintings

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When work is finished, time to admire the picturesque. Flawless harmony. Haiku by June Webster Sciortino

Broad canvas

Nikolai Astrup, A Clear Night in June, 1905-1907, Oil on canvas, 148 x 152 cm, The Savings Bank Foundation DNB/The Astrup Collection/KODE Art Museums of Bergen. Photo © Dag Fosse/KODE

In late Victorian times a painting called The Light of the World was taken around the Empire to be viewed like an Anglican icon. Thousands queued and many wept over a romantic-religious work by Holman Hunt […]

After Astrup

May Moon, undated, colour woodcut, 191 x 253 mm.

As if a woodcut could be made of every life and slowly filled with different emphases, shades, could we in middle age still alter the way the picture seems, like a painter adding touches, so […]

Why Astrup?


Blenched and stark, occluded in almost perpetual dark in winter and wintered in autumn, (see allotment cabbages already burned by early snow!), this aweful landscape of jagged and rounded rocks was all the idyll Astrup […]

Planting in May

May Moon, undated, colour woodcut, 191 x 253 mm.

Full moon in the far far north, the hill a huge dusky animal, crouching. On the lower slopes a woman – also crouched, furtive in the half-dark. A sense of secrecy – anticipation… She’s planting […]

Full Moon Planting

May Moon, undated, colour woodcut, 191 x 253 mm.

Clapboard houses, filled with dark eyes, watch the full moon rise, as the sun sets, and barren fields cry out for Spring’s relief. Bound by their small home place the women looked from windows, saw […]

Painting Norway


Marigolds torch a pathway through fields uncertain whether spring has come early or late. Huts below the mountains smoulder beneath the ice, the clouds scorched with flame. Brooding couples dance slowly through the shadow of […]

Dulwich Picture Gallery to Unveil Ruben’s Ghost

Photo courtesy of the Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery will host its second display in the Making Discoveries: Dutch and Flemish Masterpieces series in late April. Ruben’s Ghost, will be a revealing look into the painter’s methods and process. From 26 […]

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