Mountain landscape - Nikolay Astrup
“There is nothing more beautiful than the nature of the native land” - the main motto of Nikolai Astrup. In his creations you will not find images of metropolitan squares, portraits of kings or avant-garde motifs fashionable at that time. Astrup was an independent artist and developed his own style. He was a quiet and isolated man, which was manifested in his lifestyle and manner of creativity.
The painting “Mountain Landscape” depicts a fertile valley. It’s not for nothing that Nicholas Astrup chose such a landscape, it is in it that the most typical Norwegian landscape is displayed - highlands, plains cut by rivers and streams, dense forests and swamps. The snowy tops of the mountains contrast sharply with flowering fields and dense greenery. The artist was a master of coloristics and liked to apply similar contrasts of cold and warm colors. The combination of colorful flowers was inherent in the course of expressionism, to which the author is often ranked. But Astrup strongly stood out among other representatives of this direction. He preferred not impulsiveness and heated emotions, but calmness and romanticism. It is with this mood that all of his canvases are created.
The North European flavor is also manifested through small houses that are densely placed in the center of the composition. They are built in the traditional Scandinavian style - from large logs, and their roofs are completely covered with moss for insulation. Almost all houses look the same and are not separated by fences. Such a small detail shows us that the locals live in harmony with each other, not separating from their neighbors. The simplicity of the land plots is typical for Norwegians; they are not used to excesses and traditionally prefer minimalism.