Norwegian Magic and Memories, at the Clark Art Institute

Nikolai Astrup, Midsummer Eve Bonfire, before 1916, oil on canvas. (Savings Bank Foundation DNB / KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes, Bergen)
Bonfires on a midsummer eve, mountain marigolds, plus a French rhinoceros

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I ’d been waiting for the Clark Art Institute’s new exhibition, Nikolai Astrup: Visions of Norway, for a long time. The Clark’s summer shows are, to me, the start of the season. They’re almost always bespoke in theme. The museum is intuitive in its selection of the best art and has the clout to get whatever loans it wants. Its shows, even the bow-wow ones, are always beautifully presented. The Clark has a country setting and lots of French and American landscapes, so it’s a place for indoor and outdoor enjoyment. It’s an academic institution, too, so its exhibitions are scholarly.

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