NIKO­LAI ASTRUP

Dul­wich Pic­ture Gallery, to 15th May

The Oldie - - ARTS -

The only early 20th-cen­tury Nor­we­gian pain­ter that most Bri­tons have heard of is Ed­vard Munch, but this show of his younger and shorter-lived con­tem­po­rary Niko­lai Astrup (1880–1928) should give us another. Al­most all his works are in Nor­way, where they are revered, and there is noth­ing in any Bri­tish gallery.

The last four­teen years of his life were spent near his child­hood home in Jol­ster by a fa­mous trout lake in the Sun­n­fjord district, where his farm is now a mu­seum. His brightly coloured, naïveseem­ing paint­ings of the area res­onated with his newly re­born coun­try, mak­ing it an en­chanted place of myth tem­pered by hu­man­ity.

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