New York, Forum Gallery, Odd Nerdrum: New Paintings, 2004
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
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.
The canvas has not been lined. Under ultraviolet light there is some apparent fluorescence primarily around the figures, however this certainly appears to be the artist's original pigments and not restoration. This work is in very good condition and is ready to hang.
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