Magic Moon

  • Artist: Synnøve Anker Aurdal
  • Creation date: (1967)
  • Object type: Textile art


Synnøve Anker Aurdal was a pioneer in modernistic textile art in Norway. She preferred a reductive, geometric style and experimented with new materials. Aurdal gradually liberated herself from traditional Norwegian textile art, for example by using industrial pigments to dye her yarn at a time when plant-dyed yarn was the ideal.

The scene in Magic Moon is depicted non-figuratively. Two large, bright, round shapes rest on a dark background. One of the shapes is placed against the upper edge of the tapestry and is considerably larger than the lower shape, which is formed as a lying oval. Vertically, near the middle of both spheres, lies a darker grey area. The same types of shapes were used by other Norwegian artists at the time, such as Gunnar S. Gundersen. The colours in Aurdal’s work are almost uniform shades of black, white, grey and silver, with elements of green and gold. In the silver-coloured areas, she has used a type of metal string that shows her inclusion of mundane materials, an element that was untypical in traditional tapestries.

The title provides a clear description of the scene, which was inspired by Harry Martinson’s “From a Lunar Poem” from 1952: “Through trembling night-time clouds, a path is carved from the white doubloon of the moon. The glitter of night throws it down to crawl in the lake. The sparkle allures and everything becomes a dream world. Ships glide into the silver, amazed.”

Text: Hilde Areng Skaara

From "Highlights. Art from 1945 to the Present", Nasjonalmuseet 2016, ISBN 978-82-8154-116-0


Synnøve Anker Aurdal

Billedkunstner, Textile artist

Born 1908 in Oslo, death 2000

Work info

Creation date:
Other titles:
Magisk måne (NOR)
Object type:
Materials and techniques:
Billedvev i gobelinteknikk
  • Height: 270 cm
  • Width: 213 cm
Acquired 1968
Inventory no.:
Part of exhibition:
Kunst 2, 2005 - 2007
Cataloguing level:
Single object
Owner and collection:
Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design, The Fine Art Collections
Annar Bjørgli
© Aurdal, Synnøve Anker/BONO