Northern Light: Nordic Art at the Turn of the Century

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Art lovers tend to associate turn-of-the-century Scandinavian painting with Edvard Munch's black-shrouded angels of death, yet this revelatory survey shows that Nordic art is far more varied and emotionally rich than one might suppose. Through "creative misinterpretations" of western European realism, Scandinavian painters depicted here broach such themes as the breakdown of interpersonal communication and the crush of industrialization on rural lifestyles. A brooding owl is an electrifying presence in the Swede Bruno Liljefors's Horned Owl Deep in the Forest. With magical realism, Flower Meadow in the North, by the Norwegian Harald Sohlberg, conjures up a spectral world. These are examples of works that powerfully combine symbolism and realism in ways that defy familiar European patterns. This intelligent survey makes a cogent case for the viewpoint that Scandinavian art has been unfairly pigeonholed and overshadowed by French-dominated European schools. Varnedoe is a professor of fine arts at New York University.
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$50. art Varnedoe, professor of fine arts at New York University and newly appointed director of the Museum of Modern Art, has put together a very attractive study of turn-of-the-century painters from Scandinavia. With the exception of Edvard Munch and possibly Carl Larsson, most of these artists will be unknown to American readers. Here is a chance to view their work in beautiful color plates evoking the countryside, the worker, the middle-class home, and common pursuits. Almost all of these artists spent time in France and were influenced by French Realism and Naturalism. They put these influences to work in depicting the particular qualities of Nordic life. Varendoe provides an opening essay, biographical information, and insightful analysis of themes. For art and large public libraries. Hara L. Seltzer, NYPL
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