Hunger is the Heart of Loneliness ...









During one of our staycation's fun times out & about we visited an art exhibit at the Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum in T√łnsberg. There we viewed the incredibly beautiful, really stunning collection of watercolor works by the Swedish artist Lars Lerin. The foremost Scandinavian contemporary artist working in watercolor, Lerin is sort of a national treasure in his homeland of Sweden. Along with a fine list of exhibits behind him, Lerin has also the written many books (his text accompanied by his own illustrations and/or photographs) and made documentary programs for television. He has won prizes for both his art and television work. The paintings were on GIANT pieces of watercolor paper simply mounted on to black-painted walls, which showcased the works ideally. 

Lars Lerin's works of art cover a variety of subject matter, as well as different painting techniques. From winter-cloaked scenes of coastal northern Norway (where he lived for over a decade), rural landscapes that seem shrouded in mystery, cityscapes at night, dreamy Eastern images, to almost a kind of hyper-realistic presentation of library bookshelves, Lerin's works are atmospheric and grand in scale. There is a deep loneliness rooted in his work. Hunger, I think, too. A hunger for discovery, for beauty, for digging to the detail of a place, of finding one's self in a place. The BIG questions of life come to mind when viewing his works. I find myself still thinking about the exibit ahd looking back again at the photos we took. I am hungry for this beauty...



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  1. Thanks so much for sharing the art of this wonderful artist, I'd never come across him before now off to see what else he has worked on! I love the "loneliness" aspects of any art it makes me think for a long time afterward.

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    1. Loneliness is so often found in art, I think. Any art--painting, poetry, music... We find ourselves in it. And, maybe, realize we are not alone. :)

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  2. wow, those are really stunning pieces and I can see what you mean, the hunger... what a blessing to see these! Also, I love your simple head scarf, I wear a very similar sized one... did you make yours? God bless you! It is so wonderful to see such beauty, I hunger for it to!!!

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    1. Aren't there BIG watercolors AMAZING?! I've never seem watercolor works quite like these... I just keep thinking about them, and the themes they share. Yes, I did make the head scarf I'm wearing. It's from a precious piece of Liberty lawn fabric, and I like this one for summer. I make most of my head scarves, though I do have couple that I have bought online. I probably have too many head scarves. ;)

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  3. these paintings are mesmerizing. I didn't know they were water colors at first.
    they're so large. and they just take you in.
    and the black walls of the gallery make them so poignant and full of light.
    and as you say... a sense of loneliness.
    they affect me on a visceral level and that's not even standing in front of them!
    I can only imagine what it must have been like to be right there seeing them.
    thank you for this wonderful post!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed so much, Tammy! These painting really stir up the heart and soul, don't they?! Makes you think and feel a lot...

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  4. These are the most un-watercolor-like images I've ever seen. I thought the medium was acrylic from the intensity of the images and their almost-tactile sharpness. The setting is perfect for displaying Lerin's work. And I love it that TJ photographed you in the space to show the scale of these huge masterpieces.

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    1. This was watercolor like we'd never seen before either! How he uses color is just amazing... the richness and intensity of it. He's not afraid to use the dark color. Such wonderful contrasts of dark and light. The painting are alive in a big way, they are almost like you can step right into the scenes. There were about 60 works on display, all of them BIG, all of them powerful in quiet ways.

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  5. His paintings are just lovely. I especially loved looking down the long hall in what looked to be a place like the Versailles. Watercolors are a favorite medium of mine. They just bring out the softness in a more stunning way.

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    1. There were about 4 works showing palace interiors, and the richness of detail was just exquisite, and truly sometimes special when rendered in watercolor. Watercolor is my favorite medium, though I don't feel myself very adept in using i, but it's fun to try!

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  6. These are really powerful. I don't use that word often with watercolor. Pretty or happy or colorful or whatever but rarely powerful. And yes, he does convey the loneliness as well. And interesting, a relatively monochromatic palette. I've thought about playing around with that. That one looks like the hall in the Opera Garnier in Paris. Or Versailles, maybe. That one really calls me and the seascape/port. I'm very impressed with these and to see them in person would be amazing. What an inspiration.

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  7. Thanks for sharing your photo’s of the huge and beautiful watercolour paintings. They are so impressive and powerful! I loved to make watercolour paintings (about 30 years ago :-)

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  8. Oh my dear friend, thank you for sharing this beautiful art work. I find watercolor paintings so amazing. I loved learning about this artist and I especially loved your discriptions of the art. If I was to choose a favorite from the photos; it would be the one of the apartment building. I found it be a spectacular piece of art. I would love to see these paintings up close. I like to look at the details. I think watercolors must be very difficult to do and he was a master artist at it. I can see why he is revered.
    You took spectacular photos of these precious works of art.
    Have a sweet weekend my friend! I am sending loving thoughts your way that you have an extra special Sabbath day of worshiping our Savior, Jesus Christ! Big hugs~

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  9. WOW! My favourite piece is the third from the top. I have never heard of that artist! What an amazing talent! Thank you so much for sharing these with us. You are such a treasure! Love you! xoxo

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