Rainy Weather Atmosphere

undefined undefined undefined, 1905 - 1908, 570 x 970 mm

Trondheim kunstmuseum

Bright white shirts, underwear and tablecloths lie strewn over the hill, draped like a jigsaw puzzle. The clothes are depicted as simple geometrical shapes, in contrast to the lush landscape. Nevertheless, one can sense an interaction between the lines created in the spaces between the clothes, and the shapes of the hills and mountains, and the fence and footpath, as they recede into the picture. A sudden shower has made the sod roofs and trees heavy and wet, and a little brook is filled with water. It was common to lay the washing out in the sun to be bleached, but in Jølster, where the weather often changes quickly, it was not without risk. There is something sad, yet also humorous about the clothes on the hill that slowly sink into the mud. 

Rainy Weather Atmosphere is one of several rain motifs from the parsonage at Ålhus in Jølster. The motif depicts the smokehouse in the foreground with several barns and sheds in the painting’s middle ground. One can see more of the farmyard in the painting Autumn Rain in a Mountain Village (K188; 1901), Farmyard in Jølster (K25; 1902) and Storehouse in Jølster (K41; 1902–1905). The different details of the farmyard link the pictures, in addition to the fact that Klipperfossen (Kleberfossen) forms a common landmark in the background. Astrup’s own title, “Bleikvollhaugen” (Pale meadow hill), points to the slopes that are covered with the clean wash laid out to be bleached by the sun.

The painting was acquired by Bergen Art Society at Astrup’s solo exhibition in 1908 – with the title “Dismal Grey Day”, and was raffled out under the title “Rainy Weather Atmosphere” the same year.  


Nikolai Astrup



Jacoba Johanne Smit



Christian Smit



Lilly Smit



Galleri Haaken

1908-5-3 - 1908-5-27

Nikolai Astrups Maleriutstilling



1928-10-10 - 1928-11-4

Nikolai Astrup. Mindeutstilling



1928-11-11 - 1928-12-9

Nikolai Astrup. Mindeutstilling

Kristiania (Oslo)


1956-11-2 - 1956

Nikolai Astrup 1880–1928



1965-12-1 - 1965-12-19

Nikolai Astrup



1971-1-13 - 1971-2-2

Nikolai Astrup



1980-3-14 - 1980-4-7

Nikolai Astrup 1880–1928. Maleri, tegning, grafikk



1980-4-12 - 1980-5-4

Nikolai Astrup 1880–1928. Maleri, tegning, grafikk



1980-6-4 - 1980-6-29

Nikolai Astrup 1880–1928. Maleri, tegning, grafikk



1913-5-9 - 1913

Kunstforeningens 75 års jubileumsutstilling

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