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Nikolai Astrup: Painting NorwayFirst documentary on life and art of the norwegian master of landscape by Ralph Goertz, director of the IKS.Nikolai Astrup counts as one of the most renowned Norwegian artists, his work transforms the rugged Norwegian landscape into a mythical, living entity. Exploring the luscious, colourful paintings and radical innovation in printmaking that defined the Norwegian artist's career, the exhibition will bring over 90 oil paintings and prints, including works from private collections never exhibited before, to London.Astrup sought a national "visual language" that evoked the traditions and folklore of his homeland. Best known for his luminous paintings of Midsummer Eve bonfires, Astrup’s landscapes evoke the atmosphere and changing seasons of his home district of Jølster. Places important to Astrup - the old parsonage where he grew up, his beautiful farmstead at Sandalstrand (named "Astruptunet" after him), and the lake Jølstravatnet were to become the focus and inspiration of a unique and extraordinary body of work.In order of the first retrospective exhibit of the painter at the Dulwich Picture Gallery London, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter Oslo and Kunsthalle Emden, we were asked for producing a documentary on the artist. Many thanks!!© IKS