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Painting as a Harvest: Nikolai Astrup's Bountiful Landscapes

Painting as a Harvest: Nikolai Astrup's Bountiful Landscapes

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

6:00 PM–7:00 PM
Virtual
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In this illustrated conversation, arborist/writer William Bryant Logan and painter/horticulturist Rebecca Allan discuss the intertwined labors of Nikolai Astrup’s life—farming and painting—as a model for re-establishing an intimate connection between people and the land. Reflecting upon how the artist and his wife Engel cultivated fruits, vegetables, flowering plants, and trees as a source of sustenance for their family, they explore how the farm-garden reverberated in Astrup’s singular images of planting, tending, and harvesting the gifts of the earth in early twentieth-century western Norway during the Industrial Revolution. Focusing on a selection of paintings from the exhibition and notes from Astrup’s motif books, Logan and Allan highlight the relevance of Astrup’s life to our time, reminding us of the enduring value of observing the climatic and chromatic qualities of each place and season.

Rebecca Allan is a New York–based painter, horticulturist, and writer whose artwork is represented in the permanent collection of the United States Embassy in Oslo. Allan established Painterly Gardens in 2018, a firm specializing in sustainable garden design and is a board member of the Kentucky Natural Lands Trust.

William Bryant Logan, is a writer and arborist who has spent the last three decades working in trees. He is most recently the author of Sprout Lands, the winner of the 2021 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Natural History Writing. In that book, Logan writes about Astrup’s planting, land-making, and pruning practices as emblematic of traditional Norwegian farming. His other books are Oak, Air and Dirt, the last of which was made into an award-winning documentary that showed at the Sundance Film Festival. The founder and president of Urban Arborists, Inc., a Brooklyn-based tree company, he is on the faculty of The New York Botanical Garden.

Registrants will receive an email with a private Zoom link to this live virtual program before the event. We will also be broadcasting via Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/clarkartinstitute/live

This program is supported by grants from the Asbjorn Lunde Foundation, Inc., the Norwegian Consulate General, New York, and the Dr. Lee MacCormick Edwards Charitable Foundation.

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Image: Nikolai Astrup, Apple Tree in Bloom (detail), after 1925, Oil on canvas, 30 11/16 x 39 3/8 in. Savings Bank Foundation DNB/ KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes, Bergen, Norway