Louisa Matthíasdóttir

Louisa Matthíasdóttir (tmp-6c735)

Location: Reykjavík Austurbær
Country: Iceland

N 64° 8.785', W 21° 54.357'

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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)
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."
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HM Numbertmp-6c735
Placed ByReykjavíkurborg
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Date Added Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 6:11pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)27W E 455921 N 7113643
Decimal Degrees64.14641667, -21.90595000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 64° 8.785', W 21° 54.357'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds64° 8' 47.1000" N, 21° 54' 21.4200" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near Fjörutún, Reykjavík Austurbær, IS
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