In 1911 Astrup gave up trying to find a place to live in at Ålhus and moved his young family to Myklebust farm on the south side of Jølstravatnet. They settled in a kårstove at Nesavika (bay) (‘kårstova’ denotes a house occupied by the older generation on a farm). Astrup’s good friend Anton O. Fond lived close by. He was a teacher but also painted pictures of Jølster. Astrup started out with a workroom at Fond’s house but eventually built a studio on a rocky bit of land jutting into the lake at Nesavika. He eventually built another stove (a log cabin with open hearth) next to the old kårstova. Extending out from the roofs of his two houses, he built a veranda that faced the lake and the mountains. After incurring problems with the land owner about the deed to the land, Astrup resolved to move. He bought a property three kilometres away at Sandalstrand and moved there in 1914.

After moving to Sandalstrand, Astrup kept his studio at Myklebust and walked back and forth on a regular basis. Motifs painted at Myklebust include Spring with White Horse (1914-1915) and Bird on a Rock (ca. 1913). A few more kilometres east from Myklebust, he painted March Morning (ca. 1920). After Astrup built a studio at Astruptunet, Fond took possession of the Myklebust studio and moved it next to his own house.

Solveig Berg Lofnes

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Nikolai Astrup