The Parsonage

undefined undefined undefined, 1905 - 1907, 1010 x 880 mm

Sparebankstiftelsen DnB

The exterior of the parsonage where Astrup grew up is depicted in a nearly photorealistic style. He has given meticulous attention to small details, such as the variations in the white colour of the façade, from cold grey to yellow tones, and the striking colours and shapes of the stones in the foundation. We can even notice the tendrils of a creeper climbing up the house wall. In other areas of the picture traces of the paintbrush are clearly visible. The background and ground are depicted with fewer nuances, an effect that leads our gaze back to the vicarage building. 

The painting The Parsonage depicts the part of the parsonage called “Hjørnestuen” (the “Corner Cabin”). The building across from it, “Dagligstuen” (the “Day Cabin”), was torn down in 1907, which can give us an indication of the dating. In which case it would be reasonable to believe that the painting was executed in 1907 or earlier. The realistic details in the picture bring to mind photography, and in connection with the demolition of the building Astrup took a series of photographs of the old parsonage building and garden. The parsonage was a major motif for him, and with the photographic documentation he could preserve the motif as a template. This makes the dating difficult. Nor is there any certain proof in the form of exhibition history or provenance, or descriptions in Astrup’s letters and manuscripts, that can be traced back to this picture. The provisional dating – 1902–1908 – lies within Astrup’s period of similar parsonage motifs. 

The painting is rendered in various painterly techniques. While the foundation of the house and the birch tree by the staircase railing have an obvious painterly character, in the form of brushstrokes and paint, the side of the house is executed with meticulous details that resemble a photograph. The combination of these different techniques creates a tension in the picture.  

Exhibition_history

Separate_exhibition

1928-10-10 - 1928-11-4

Nikolai Astrup. Mindeutstilling

Bergen

67

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1928-11-11 - 1928-12-9

Nikolai Astrup. Mindeutstilling

Kristiania (Oslo)

67

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1986-6-21 - 1986-8-15

Nikolai Astrup. Naturkjensle mot industrisamfunnet

Sandalstrand, Jølster

11

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2016-5-1 - 2016-5-5

Nikolai Astrup Painting Norway

London

16

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2016-6-10 - 2016-9-11

Nikolai Astrup Norske Landskap

Oslo

16

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2016-10-2 - 2017-1-22

Nikolai Astrup: Norwegen. Eine Entdeckung

Emden

16

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2021-6-19 - 2021-9-19

Nikolai Astrup: Visions of Norway

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2021-10-15 - 2022-1-23

Nikolai Astrup. Rå natur

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2022-2-19 - 2022-5-28

Nikolai Astrup. Visioner av norsk natur

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Group_exhibition

kunstforening, Bergens, Nikolai Astrup 1880–1928. Mindeutstilling. A/S John Griegs Boktrykkeri. Bergen, 1928, 13.

Carey, Frances; Dejardin, Ian A. C.; Stevens, MaryAnne, Painting Norway. Nikolai Astrup (1880–1928). Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers Ltd. London, 2016, 98.

kunstforening, Bergens, Nikolai Astrup 1880–1928. Mindeutstilling. A/S John Griegs Boktrykkeri. Bergen, 1928, 13.

Carey, Frances; Dejardin, Ian A. C.; Stevens, MaryAnne, Painting Norway. Nikolai Astrup (1880–1928). Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers Ltd. London, 2016, 98.

Carey, Frances; Dejardin, Ian A. C.; Stevens, MaryAnne, Painting Norway. Nikolai Astrup (1880–1928). Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers Ltd. London, 2016, 98.

Loge, Øystein, Nikolai Astrup. Naturkjensle mot industrisamfunnet. Jølster kommune. Jølster, 1986, 6.

Loge, Øystein, Betrothed to Nature. Det Norske Samlaget. Oslo, 2010, 133, 139.