An iceberg from Greenland
22. May 2015 | Johannes Larsen Museet
A small watercolour of an iceberg painted during Johannes Larsen’s trip to Greenland has been acquired for the Johannes Larsen Museum. It measures 37 x 42 cm (14.5 x 16.5”) and was painted in Godhavn (Qeqertarsuaq). It is undated, but since Larsen only went to Greenland once, we can date the picture to 1925. The watercolour was purchased on Lauritz.com.
Johannes Larsen visited Greenland with ornithologist and stockbroker Eiler Lehn Schiøler to illustrate Schiøler’s comprehensive publication about Denmark’s (which at the time included Greenland) birds. The first three volumes were published in the 1920’s, while the remaining seven volumes never were carried out. On the other hand, the three exisiting volumes offer a wellspring of knowledge about birds and nature, and they include hundreds of illustrations by Johannes Larsen and other artists.
The iceberg in the watercolour painting is in shades of white, blue and green, cool and massive in the blue sea. The iceberg’s particular, almost fairy-tale-like, sculptural form seems to have captured the interest of the painter. This fascination is repeated in the museum’s two other Johannes Larsen watercolours of icebergs, and a small oil painting from Greenland. The oil painting is in the front hall of the Villa, while the two watercolours are on display at the moment in the museum’s special exhibition building, The Wing (Vingen). In the front hall of the Villa, there is also a model of a kayak that Johannes Larsen brought home for his family. It has hung in the same spot since 1925.
Billede: Grønlandsekspeditionen. Johannes Larsen bagerst. (Østfyns Museer)