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Northern Light: Nordic Art at the Turn of the Century


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ISBN 10: 0300041462 / ISBN 13: 9780300041460
Published by Yale University Press, New Haven, 1988
Condition: very good(+) Hardcover
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Many color illustrations. 286 pages. 4to, red cloth, tattered dust wrapper. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988. First edition. A very good(+) copy in a good dust wrapper. Bookseller Inventory # 232714

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Title: Northern Light: Nordic Art at the Turn of ...

Publisher: Yale University Press, New Haven

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition:very good(+)

Dust Jacket Condition: good

Edition: First.

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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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