Ásgrimur Jónsson (1876 - 1958) was one of the pioneers of Icelandic art and the first Icelander to take up painting professionally.
He lived in Copenhagen 1897 - 1908, studying at the Royal Academy of Art 1900 - 1903. During the winter 1908 - 09 he lived in Italy, returning to make his permanent home in Iceland in 1909.
Jonsson laid the foundation for Icelandic landscape painting, and throughout his career the nature of Iceland was his favoured subject matter. He was also a pioneering interpreter of Icelandic folktales. Though Jónsson was a proficient painter of oil, he will be especially remembered for his watercolours.
Ásgrimur Jónsson died in 1958, bequeathing all his works, as well as his studio home at Bergstaðastræti 74, Reykjavík, to the Icelandic nation. In 1960 a small museum dedicated to Jónsson´s works was opened in his studio home. In 1988 The Ásgrimur Jónsson Collection became a department within the National Gallery of Iceland.
The home of Ásgrímur Jónsson is open during the winter, Thuesday to Thursday from 11am - 2pm, Sunday from 1-4pm. There are currently two exhibitions on display. For information about admission fee, please click on museum. Phone 515 9625.