Gethsemane

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Sparebankstiftelsen DnB

Gethsemane is the name of the garden in Jerusalem where Christ was arrested on the eve of the crucifixion. Astrup has situated this biblical narrative in the parsonage garden in Ålhus. We recognise the hill with trees and the little garden patch from paintings such as Spring Night in the Garden and The Parsonage Garden in Moonlight. The picture has also been exhibited under the title The Dream, and the girl in the foreground appears as if she is dreaming, or in the presence of a vision, where Christ has revealed himself in the West Norwegian summer night. In the foreground the apostles lie asleep on the ground. A satanic mask stares malevolently at us from the side of the hill, and the men marching in step down the hill carrying spears and torches are depicted as naïve sticks figures in silhouette. Astrup’s relationship to religion was complicated. He was an opponent of Pietism, which his own father advocated, and often described himself as a “pagan”, but also wrote, “I nevertheless believe in his [God’s] existence – so ingrained is this terrible West Norwegian conscience”.

Exhibition_history

Separate_exhibition

1928-10-10 - 1928-11-4

Nikolai Astrup. Mindeutstilling

Bergen

235

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1928-11-11 - 1928-12-9

Nikolai Astrup. Mindeutstilling

Kristiania (Oslo)

235

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Group_exhibition

Bergens Kunstforening, Nikolai Astrup 1880–1928. Mindeutstilling. A/S John Griegs Boktrykkeri. Bergen, 1928, 28.

Bergens Kunstforening, Nikolai Astrup 1880–1928. Mindeutstilling. A/S John Griegs Boktrykkeri. Bergen, 1928, 28.

Loge, Øystein, Betrothed to Nature. Det Norske Samlaget. Oslo, 2010, 153, 115, 116, 155, 157.