I came across this artist via James Gurney’s blog (a worthwhile read if you ever need inspiration). Nordström was a Swedish landscape painter with a unique, whimsical style as if he were painting a dream. I don’t like all his work equally. There are a handful of paintings that stand above the rest in my opinion (see below). But these paintings are truly stunning and warrant him being this month’s featured artist.
Here are some of his other paintings:
Here are some links to learn more about his life and work:
- Wikipedia – Karl Nordström
- Byron’s Muse Blog Post – Karl Nordström
- The Association Karl Nordström – In a foreign language. Use Google translate to read the content. The gallery page features many of Nordström’s works. Below are some extracts I translated:
Karl Nordström lived 1855-1923 (born at Tjörn) and around the turn of the last century led the Artists’ Union and its school in Stockholm. He was for a long time chairman of the association, which was started as a reaction to the conservative Royal Academy of Arts. As an artist, KN was considered Sweden’s first and perhaps only genuine impressionist. He was a trailblazer in the field of art and belongs to the foremost ever in Swedish artistry, above all as a landscape painter.
From Prince Eugen’s speech at Karl Nordström’s grave on August 21, 1923: “He always fought for tomorrow’s truth against today’s common view and he experienced that time proved him right. It was nature, the ever-renewing nature, to which he devoted all his love, it was to his art that he sacrificed all his strength.”