The project Nikolai Astrup Online Catalogue Raisonné (2016–2022) seeks to present an authentic and chronological overview of the artist’s paintings. This includes technical specifications and a historical account of the provenance, bibliography and exhibition history of each individual painting. A characteristic feature of Astrup’s oeuvre was his interest in experimenting with various techniques. This is especially evident in the mixing of painting and printmaking. The Catalogue raisonné therefore also includes a complete overview of Astrup’s printing blocks.
The project has carried out a comprehensive accumulation and digitising of source materials, such as bibliography, exhibition history, and a register of persons and institutions that are relevant for the oeuvre. These comprise the major resources of the catalogue raisonné and form the basis for further research on other aspects of Astrup’s artistic career, such as prints, drawings, textile works and photography.
A major source is Astrup’s correspondence and notes. For the present a large portion of the manuscripts are available in the digital archive with facsimiles, transcripts and English translations.
The digital catalogue of works will be published on October 1st, 2020, and will enable an ongoing publication and revision of material through the research process.
The project is fully financed by the Savings Bank Foundation DNB and is conducted by the Nikolai Astrup Research Centre, at KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes in Bergen by Tove Haugsbø, PhD.