Lot 70
  • 70

Odd Nerdrum

30,000 - 50,000 GBP
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  • Odd Nerdrum
  • Twins
  • signed and dated 2001-2 Nerdrum on the turnover edge
  • oil on canvas
  • 90 by 118cm., 35.4 by 46½in.


Weinstein Gallery, San Francisco
Private collection, USA (acquired from the above; sale: Clars Auction Gallery, Oakland, 16 November 2014, lot 6304)
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner

Catalogue Note

Set against a mountain landscape inspired by the artist's travels to Iceland, are two twins gazing into a reflecting pool while an armoured figure guards them from the top of a hill. Babies are a recurring theme in Nerdrum’s art, often standing as an archetypal symbol of human beings’ duality (see also lot 71). One can also sense a more personal connection to the artist’s life. After his father’s death, Nerdrum discovered he was the illegitimate son of Norwegian architect David Sandved. The sense of displacement deriving from this discovery would accompany him for the rest of his life, deeply impacting his art.

Notwithstanding the strong bond that connects twins from birth, similar to all other creatures populating Nerdrum’s art they do not seem to be communicating in any way. Nerdrum’s paintings are always imbued with stillness, silence. He is, it seems, ‘determined to remind us, again and again, that consciousness is isolate, each mind imprisoned within a particular body, a particular set of circumstances’ (Richard Vine, Odd Nerdrum, Paintings, Sketches and Drawings, Oslo, 2004 p. 116).