Farmstead in Jølster

undefined undefined undefined, 1902 - 1902, 735 x 1005 mm

Rasmus Meyers samlinger, KODE Kunstmuseer og komponisthjem (KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes)

Immediately after returning from his studies in Kristiania and Paris, Astrup painted several rainy weather motifs from Ålhus. The old farmyard is depicted on a raw and drizzling day, and the lane between the buildings has become muddy and full of small rivulets of water. Walking along the road are two erect, modern ladies with their umbrellas, with a young girl between them. Beyond them on the road we can see an old woman with a headscarf, hunched over in the rain carrying heavy buckets on her shoulders. In the background the powerful waterfall  Klipperfossen (Kleberfossen) forms a foaming white eye-catcher. 

Farmyard in Jølster was painted the same year that Astrup returned to Jølster after his studies at the Academie Colarossi in Paris. This is presumably one of the window motifs Astrup lists in his notebook Miscellaneous Motifs from 1898–1901. This was a series of motifs that could be painted from the vantage point of windows, peepholes or doors in the parsonage house when it happened to be raining. This motif may have been painted from the window we see in the painting Early Summer in Jølster (K170; 1907–1909).

The motif depicts part of the parsonage farmyard at Ålhus in Jølster, with Kleberfossen as a local landmark in the background. The cluster of buildings includes barns, the farmhouse, a cowshed, smokehouse, wringer house and storehouse. The storehouse on the right is the same as the one that is the centre of focus in Storehouse in Jølster (K41; 1902–1905). According to stories that have been passed down, Astrup had painted the red cock on the storehouse wall when he was a little boy. This was considered a mischievous prank and was removed by the adults. By painting in the cock into the painting, Astrup has created a tribute to this childhood memory. The Storehouse still stands at the parsonage today, but is painted white and moved closer to the new parsonage that was built in 1904.

The way in which the dank autumn rain hugs the buildings and nature is the main motif. The buildings wet and heavy standing there in the landscape, yet despite the dark light of day the colours are surprisingly clear. It almost seems as though the characteristic autumn colours have been greatly intensified by the rain. The colour composition of white, iridescent green, black green, rust red and a range of browns create dissonance, which underscores the dismal atmosphere.

The painting was purchased by the art collector Rasmus Meyer at Astrup’s solo exhibition at Bergen Art Society in 1908 for 400 kroner, and since 1916 has been part of the museum’s Rasmus Meyer Collection in Bergen.  

The artist does not write directly about this painting, yet reflects on what he calls “autumn colours” in his notebook Blandede motiver (Miscellaneous Motifs). In one colour composition he juxtaposes nuances of blood red, orange, crimson, a pinkish white and blue with olive-green, yellow, olive-blue and violet. The colours were alternately matt and glossy in order to create an atmospheric effect. Some of the same effect can be traced in this painting. The colour scheme resembles that used in Storehouse in Jølster (K41; 1902–1905) and Autumn Rain in a Mountain Village (K188; 1901).

1902-1908:

Nikolai Astrup

(1880-1928)

1908-1916:

Rasmus Meyer

(1858-1916)

1916-1916:

Finn Meyer

(1892-1965)

1916-1916:

Gerda Nyquist

(1889-1965)

1916-1950:

Bergen kommune

Exhibition_history

Separate_exhibition

1908-5-3 - 1908-5-27

Nikolai Astrups Maleriutstilling

Bergen

38

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1928-10-10 - 1928-11-4

Nikolai Astrup. Mindeutstilling

Bergen

2

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1928-11-11 - 1928-12-9

Nikolai Astrup. Mindeutstilling

Kristiania (Oslo)

2

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1955-1-10 - 1955-12-31

Nikolai Astrup. Malerier og tresnitt

Oslo

8

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1956-11-2 - 1956

Nikolai Astrup 1880–1928

Stockholm

5

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1965-12-1 - 1965-12-19

Nikolai Astrup

København

1

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1971-1-13 - 1971-2-2

Nikolai Astrup

Oslo

5

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1980-3-14 - 1980-4-7

Nikolai Astrup 1880–1928. Maleri, tegning, grafikk

Bergen

13

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1980-4-12 - 1980-5-4

Nikolai Astrup 1880–1928. Maleri, tegning, grafikk

Oslo

13

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1980-6-4 - 1980-6-29

Nikolai Astrup 1880–1928. Maleri, tegning, grafikk

Trondheim

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2016-5-1 - 2016-5-5

Nikolai Astrup Painting Norway

London

10

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2016-6-10 - 2016-9-11

Nikolai Astrup Norske Landskap

Oslo

10

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2016-10-2 - 2017-1-22

Nikolai Astrup: Norwegen. Eine Entdeckung

Emden

10

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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

1949-12-16 - 1950-2-3

Honderd Jaar Noorse Schilderkunst

Haag

[no]

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1950-3-3 - 1950-3-25

Un Siècle de Peinture Norvegienne

Bruxelles

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1964 - 1964

150 Jahre. Norwegische Malerei

København

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1964-5-4 - 1964-6-6

Jubileumsutstilling 1814–1964

Oslo

70

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1964-6-20 - 1964-7-25

150 Jahre. Norwegische Malerei

Kiel

[no]

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