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Cubic painting by Kjarval for sale

The painting “Hvítasunnudagur” (“Whitsunday”) by Icelandic painter Jóhannes Kjarval, which he painted under the influence of cubism in Copenhagen between 1917 and 1919, will be auctioned in Denmark at the end of this month.

The painting has in a way been rediscovered, as its whereabouts were unknown until recently. It belonged to a private collector and has never previously been auctioned. Morgunbladid reports.

Art historian and coauthor of the 2005 book Jóhannes S. Kjarval Kristín G. Gudnadóttir, said she is very pleased that “Whitsunday” had been found.

Gudnadóttir said she had known the painting existed because she had found sketches of it. She had looked for the painting, mostly in Iceland, but without luck.

“This art work is from the cubic period and it gives us a more detailed and fuller picture of that period in his [Kjarval’s] career […] and I believe it would be of advantage to us to bring it home and to a museum in this country,” Gudnadóttir told Morgunbladid.

“Whitsunday” was in the possession of the Nienstedt family in Denmark, who Kjarval lived with while he was studying in Copenhagen.

According to an inscription on the painting, Kjarval gave it to Mr. and Ms. Nienstedt on their 25th anniversary in May 1919.

Click here to read more about Kjarval.

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