Kjarval
íslenskur texti
Kjarval
English edition
Louisa Matthíasdóttir
Silfur hafsins
Gull Íslands

Síldarsaga Íslendinga
Mikines
Rússnesk-íslensk orðabók
Leiðréttingar og viðaukar við Rússnesk-Íslensk orðabók
Orðabókar-
málfræði
FORSÍÐA
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Kjarval

Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval was Iceland’s most famous and important 20th-century artist. He was born in 1885 into a society devoid of visual arts and grew up in great poverty, starved of all artistic stimulus save the unusual natural beauty of his childhood home in the east. His ambition and hunger for art proved insatiable, however, and despite a shortage of funds and absurdly little support he went abroad to study art, first to London, then to Copenhagen.
    After his homecoming he gradually introduced his countrymen to an innovative and exotic vision of their landscape and its inhabitants, both natural and supernatural, until the Icelanders learnt to see their country through his eyes.
    Kjarval was hugely prolific and his work was widely circulated in his homeland, adorning the homes of rich and poor alike; for although he sold his pictures at a high price he was capable of extraordinary generosity. He died at a grand old age in 1972, loved and revered by his countrymen above all other artists.
    This book on Kjarval is the first in-depth analysis of the painter’s artistic career and personal life. It was awarded the Icelandic Literary Prize for Non-fiction in 2005. Full color, 640 pp., 30.5 x 29.0 cm, hardcover

Full color, 640 pp., 30.5 x 29.0 cm, hardcover
ISBN 9979-9639-0-5 (English edition)
ISBN 9979-9639-2-1 (Icelandic edition)





Iceland’s President, Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, receives a copy of the Kjarval book at the Presidents residence Bessastaðir in October 2005.(Photo: Christopher Lund).
 
 
The Kjarval book was awarded the Icelandic Literary Prize for Non-fiction in 2005