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Long-Lost Icelandic Art Discovered in France

By Iceland Review

Invaluable artwork, including 100 smaller paintings, coal drawings, sketches and two oil paintings by Icelandic artist Thorvaldur Skúlason (1906-1984), which were believed lost after the artist escaped France during World War II, have been found.

The artwork was discovered by entrepreneur and art enthusiast Jónas Freydal, who has been looking for Skúlason’s work for many years, Fréttabladid reports.

Skúlason made the drawings and paintings between spring 1939 and late summer 1940 when he lived in Paris and Tours. In 1940 the artist fled France with his wife and daughter after the Nazis invaded the country but left all his possessions behind.

Until now his work was considered lost forever except for one oil painting that Dr. Gunnlaugur Thórdarson managed to locate in Tours many years ago.

Freydal picked up the trail where Thórdarson left off and has been questioning inhabitants in Tours about Skúlason’s work for more than a decade when he finally got lucky and found the drawings and paintings among objects inherited by the heirs of painter Erlingur Friis.

Friis had actually exhibited some of Skúlason’s paintings in Randers, Denmark, in 1990, but news of the exhibition did not reach Iceland.

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