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"Rhubarb", Nikolai Astrup - description of the painting

Rhubarb - Nikolai Astrup. 93 x 112 cm

On this canvas, Nikolai Astrup traditionally continues to depict pastoral motifs. It is noteworthy that all the landscapes of the artist have real prototypes. Astrup spent the best years of his life in Hölster. Here his childhood passed, there he met his future wife and watched his own children grow up. Today, on the Sandalstrand estate where the artist lived, there is a house museum dedicated to his life and work. The artist often drew inspiration for new creations, observing nature from the courtyard of his estate.

The painting "Rhubarb" was created in 1911. It was a successful period in the life of Nikolai Astrup - then he had a great success at the exhibition in Christiania, and there was also harmony in family life. Mother and child in the picture tear rhubarb. A woman is economically harvesting in the garden, while the baby is trying to repeat it after her. The simplicity of provincial life is more than compensated by the abundance of gifts of nature. Dense greens occupy almost the entire composition of the canvas, and fruit trees can be seen in the garden.

Pay attention to how a woman is dressed. Her dress, although modest, but it does not look like the clothes of a simple peasant woman. It is possible that the master's wife and child are depicted on the canvas, because the Astrup family loved to engage in agriculture.

The artist used bright oil paints, with a contrasting transition of colors. Such diversity is inherent in expressionism. Contrast does not look aggressive, it is softened with neat strokes and soft forms of objects on the canvas. Nikolai Astrup did not depict sharp corners in his paintings. He loved using flowing lines that resemble fantastic patterns. Also in this creation are visible features of naiveism.