Chasing the Fool

  • Artists:

    • Nikolai Astrup
    • Kristian Tysken (Founder, printer i.a. in duplication)
  • Creation date: Ca. 1917 (plate) / 1961 (trykk)
  • Object type: Edition

Artists/producers

  • Nikolai Astrup

    Billedkunstner, Graphic artist, Painter, Drawing artist

    Born 1880 in Bremanger, Sogn og Fjordane, death 1928 in Førde

    Nikolai Astrup was an active painter and graphic artist. The motifs in his works largely depict the rural area of Jølster, as he sought to recreate the lush beauty of the natural surroundings there.

    Astrup grew up in Jølster and lived there most of his life, apart from the period he spent studying art in Kristiania and one year in Paris.

    The landscapes of his childhood

    Astrup’s father was a parish priest in the community, and the parsonage where the family lived was a damp and draughty old building. Nikolai Astrup was severely asthmatic, and the poor living conditions exacerbated his condition. As a boy, he was often forced to seek the cool night air outside to be able to breathe. The landscapes he absorbed on his wanderings in those bright summer nights reverberated in his memory. Astrup’s artistic ambition was to reproduce the intense colours and moods of the nature he had experienced as a child.

    Painter and graphic artist

    Nikolai Astrup considered himself primarily a painter. Nevertheless, the woodcuts he produced were among his most original and innovative works. Astrup began working with woodcuts at a time when Edvard Munch was the only other Norwegian artist experimenting with the technique. Like Munch, Astrup was self-taught as a graphic artist, but he quickly mastered the medium. Astrup’s first woodcut was a small, black and white self-portrait in 1904. Soon afterwards he began to experiment with colour prints, which requires carving several blocks of wood and applying ink to the paper in multiple layers. 

    Japanese Jølster atmosphere

    Bird on a Stone is one of Astrup’s most popular woodcuts. This motif is often pointed out as an example of the inspiration Astrup drew from Japanese woodcuts. Even his signature, incised in the block of wood and visible on the right-hand side of the print, seems to imitate the position of the characters in Japanese woodcuts. Astrup often painted directly on a completed woodcut to add a little colour where he felt it was missing. In Bird on a Stone, for instance, he used a brush to paint the green of the branches and enhance the grey of the stumps..

  • Kristian Tysken

    Billedkunstner

    Born 13.10.1896, death 17.04.1973

Work info

Creation date:
Ca. 1917 (plate) / 1961 (trykk)
Other titles:
Tussingen jages (NOR)
Object type:
Materials and techniques:
Tresnitt på papir
Material:
Dimensions:
  • Width: 362 mm
  • Height: 359 mm
Edition:
  • 63/290
  • nytrykk - såkalt Tysken-trykk
Keywords:
Classification:
Acquisition:
Ervervet 1961
Inventory no.:
NG.K&H.1961.0058
Cataloguing level:
Single object
Owner and collection:
Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design, The Fine Art Collections
Photo:
Ivarsøy, Dag Andre
Copyright:
© Tysken, Kristian/BONO