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Louisa Matthíasdóttir

 
 
Louisa Matthíasdóttir Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 8, 2017
1. Louisa Matthíasdóttir Marker
Inscription. Louisa Matthíasdóttir (1917-2000) er einn af fremstu listamönnum Íslendinga á sviði málaralistar. Hún ólst upp í Höfða frá átta ára aldri en fjölskylda hennar bjó í húsinu frá 1924 til 1937. Louisa byrjaði snemma að teikna og mála og var í hópi framsæknustu listamanna sinnar kynslóðar strax á unga aldri. Hún var hluti af hópi fólks sem hittist gjarnan í Unuhúsi við Garðastrætí, en þar var athvarf skálda og listamanna í Reykjavík fyrri hluta tuttugustu aldar.

Louisa fór ung til listnáms í Danmörku og síðar í París en sneri aftur heim 1939. Hún hélt til frekara myndlistarnáms í New York árið 1942 bar sem hún settist siðan að með bandarískum eiginmanni sínum, listmálaranum Leland Bell. Einföldun og föst formbygging einkenndu verk Louisu. Þótt hún fyndi myndefni í sínu nánasta umhverfi og málaði heimilið og fólkið í kringum sig var Ísland henni ætíð innblástur. Louisa málaði landið á þann hátt að tær náttúra Íslands skín í gegnum frjálslega endurgerð þess landslags sem hún upplifði í æsku. Sjálf sagði hún að uppvaxtarárin Höfða og fjallasýnin þaðan hefðu haft mikil áhrif á sig:

„Ég horfði á Esjuna dagsdaglega í tíu ár, svo hún hlaut að festast í mér. Ég er enn að mála þessi mótíf. Esjuna, Skarðsheiðina, Akrafjollið og allt það."


Louisa Matthiasdottir (1917-2000)
Louisa Matthíasdóttir Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 8, 2017
2. Louisa Matthíasdóttir Marker - Wide View
is one of Iceland's leading visual artists. When she was eight years old, her family moved to Höfði, where she grew up. The family owned the home from 1924 to 1937. Louisa started painting and drawing at an early age and soon became one of the most progressive artists of her generation. She was part of a set that frequented Unuhús in Garðastrætí, a private home in Reykjavik's Vesturbær neighbourhood, which was a kind of salon for artists and writers at the time.

Louisa studied art in Denmark and later in Paris, but returned home to Iceland in 1939. She then went to New York in 1942 for further studies and ended up settling there with her American husband, the artist Leland Bell. Simplicity and solid forms characterize Louisa's work. Although she drew upon her immediate surroundings for her subjects and painted her home and the people in her life, Iceland always inspired her. Creating free reconstructions of the landscapes of her youth, Louisa painted the country in a way that allowed Iceland's pristine nature to shine through. She said herself that her childhood years in Höfði, with its mountain view, influenced her greatly:

"I looked of Mount Esjo every day for ten years so it must be in my blood. I am still painting these motifs: the mountains of Esjo, Skorasheiai, Akrafjall - all of it."
 
Erected by Reykjavíkurborg
Louisa Matthíasdóttir - Inset Photo image. Click for full size.
By Einar Falur Ingólfsson, 1992
3. Louisa Matthíasdóttir - Inset Photo
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Location. 64° 8.785′ N, 21° 54.357′ W. Marker is in Reykjavik, Capital Region Höfuðborgarsvæði. Marker is on Fjörutún 0.1 kilometers north of Borgartún, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Reykjavik, Capital Region Höfuðborgarsvæði 105, Iceland.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Einar Benediktsson (a few steps from this marker); Sjúkrahús Hvítabandsins / White Ribbon Hospital (approx. 1.2 kilometers away); Skólavörðustígur 13 (approx. 1.2 kilometers away); Bankastraeti 10 (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); Torfhildur Hólm (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); Hressingarskálinn (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); Málfríður Einarsdóttir (approx. 1.6 kilometers away); Adlon (approx. 1.8 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reykjavik.
 
Also see . . .
1. Louisa Matthíasdóttir (Wikipedia). (Submitted on July 15, 2017.)
2. Biography (Estate of Louisa Matthíasdóttir). (Submitted on July 15, 2017.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 68 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 15, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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