Still Life (sketch)

undefined undefined undefined, 1920 - 1927, 540 x 730 mm

Sparebankstiftelsen DnB

The window on the left sheds bright daylight onto the table where a bowl of oranges, vases, glasses, antique rose tulips, half-filled bottles, and a cactus plant are decoratively arranged. Parts of the painting appear to be unfinished. In some places, the surface of the table in particular, the canvas is clearly visible between the traces of the brush. ‘Still life interiors’, as Astrup called them, was a genre he began to explore after a study tour to Germany in 1911. Upon his return from this trip he expressed a desire to renew his art, which may explain why he began working in a new genre.