REFLECTION

  • 11.10.2015 - 30.11.2015, Safn Ásgríms Jónssonar

In the collection, we can find 29 works by Ásgrímur, titled Self-portrait. The oldest one dates from the same year he began his studies at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen in 1900. In Danish art museums he had access to a selection of art by many major artists of the continent. Among the works that inspired him were portraits made by the Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) where the lighting is an art form in itself. Twenty years of age Ásgrímur regenerates his face with oil colors on the canvas as he looked at himself in the mirror. It also applies to the lasting images the same man, then in his seventies, draws up in an instance, with watercolors. The artist's studio frames these works and creates a personal intimacy.

Curator: Rakel Pétursdóttir

On Ásgrímur Jónsson's self-portraits see here