Sweden’s pretty flat from what I’ve seen so far. In fact dead flat, though I haven’t been north yet but Gothenburg’s (Göteborg) surrounded by these small pine covered hills which makes it quite picturesque. It’s on the west coast of Sweden and its second largest city and most important port.
At the Gothenburg Museum of Art
So while we were there wandering through the crowds lapping up the spring sunlight we decided to seek more darkness and visit the Gothenburg Museum of Art, which is part of the brilliantly designed Götaplatsen – the centre of the arts in the city. Surprisingly it’s actually light and airy inside and full of masterpieces from the 15th century on such as the usual suspects Rembrandt, Rubens, Monet and many more. The Nordic section was of course huge. The ones you’ve heard about such as Munch, Anders Zorn, Carl Larsson and there were also a number of Nordic Fauvist artists I’d never heard of. I liked them better than the French varieties-even Matisse perhaps because their technique was more refined. Can’t remember any names though. You just don’t hear about them in any of the art books on the 20c in english so I’m going to have to do some research. And perhaps go back again in future.
My favourite painting at the Museum
My favourite painting at the gallery was the brilliant Rembrandt ‘Knight with a Falcon’ (1666) which was cleaned a few years ago at the Getty museum. His incredible perceptiveness into character and unflinching honesty is beautiful and moving. The colours glow now, which they must as no-one has ever painted so many browns and dark, dull colours.
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