Painting of a landscape with water, mountains and Bird on a Stone
Nikolai Astrup, "Bird on a Stone" (section), between 1905-1914
Photo: Nasjonalmuseet / Dag A. Ivarsøy
  • 20 April 2021
  • Live on Facebook and YouTube

Unifying nature and mystery, Nikolai Astrup was able to make everything connected to everything. Astrup was closely tied to his hometown Jølster in the west of Norway, and many of his motifs are close depictions of the local nature. He was also interested in Japanese art, which the woodcut “Bird on a Stone” shows features of.

Edvard Munch was the only other Norwegian artist who also experimented with woodcuts around 1900. Did Munch and Astrup have any influence on each other? How did Astrup discover the Japanese master of woodcuts Hokusai?

Kari Greve is Head of Conservation at The National Museum. Together with curator education Lin Stafne-Pfisterer, she brings you up close to one of Astrup’s finest works, "Bird on Stone", and several of his other works from the National Museum's collection.

When we go live on Facebook and YouTube, you can ask questions about the work in the comments field and we will do our best to answer your questions.

Is there something you already know you want to ask? Feel free to send us your question right away. You can ask questions in Norwegian and English.

The event is in English. A version with Norwegian and English subtitles will be published on YouTube after the live event.

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Close Encounters is a new online series from Nasjonalmuseet, where we get close to some of the highlights of the paintings and drawings collection.

Watch the recording of the live broadcast here

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