Magical Paintings Of Norway At Dulwich Picture Gallery
At first glance he may look like a traditional landscape painter. But this show takes us on a journey through his portfolio, and the diversity is impressive. A verdant wide open landscape can be contrasted with a darker claustrophobic painting, where a solitary light from a window shines through the tangled branches of trees.
Often Astrup will leave the faces of his characters featureless, but then about turn and paint a photorealistic cabin. Astrup liked to experiment with the surreal too — one gnarled tree looks like it's morphing into a screaming man with flailing arms.
It's this constant re-invention by Astrup that had us hooked throughout, and there's a real treat in the last room. Astrup's painting of fire is captivating — whether it be a massive bonfire or the embers in a pot. The result is a sizzling end to a great exhibition.
Nikolai Astrup: Painting Norway is on at Dulwich Picture Gallery until 15 May. Tickets are £12.50 for adults, concessions available.
Last Updated 09 February 2016