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Details & Cataloguing

1000 Ways of Seeing: The Private Collection of the late Stanley J. Seeger

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Odd Nerdrum
B.1944
LUNATICS
signed Nerdrum, dated 2001-2 (on the left overlap); titled Lunetics (on the right overlap)
oil on canvas
204 by 351cm., 80¼ by 138¼in.
Painted circa 2001-02.
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Provenance

Forum Gallery, New York & Los Angeles

Exhibited

New York, Forum Gallery, Odd Nerdrum: New Paintings, 2004

Literature

Richard Vine, Odd Nerdrum, Oslo, 2004, pp. 406-407, illustrated; p. 408, a detail illustrated; listed in the index
Odd Nerdrum, How We Cheat Each Other, 2009, a detail illustrated on the front cover

Catalogue Note

The subject of the present work is a quintessential example of Nerdrum's large-scale allegories, presenting a sense of the apocalyptic. Portraying a time after our own civilisation, the figures wear timeless costumes: pelts, cloaks, armour and crowns. These seated figures, interacting only with themselves and in certain cases with the viewer, are set against a barren backdrop very likely taken from studies made by Nerdrum in Iceland.

Odd Nerdrum is the leading figurative painter working in Norway.  A pupil in Düsseldorf under Joseph Beuys, Nerdrum turned to seventeenth-century masters such as Rembrandt and Caravaggio for aesthetic inspiration, and bases his painting technique on traditional methods, mixing and grinding his own pigments, stretching his own canvases and using life models.

1000 Ways of Seeing: The Private Collection of the late Stanley J. Seeger

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London