Louisa Matthiasdottir

Small Paintings

January 28 – March 6, 2010

House, Sheep and Horse
nd
oil on canvas
9 7/8 x 39 7/8 inches

Sheep Walking
c.1985
oil on canvas
10 x 13 inches

Pale Horse
c.1985
oil on canvas
9 x 11 1/4 inches

Girl, Sheep and House
nd
oil on canvas
12 x 18 inches

Clouds, Mountains, Red Buildings
c.1987
oil on canvas
8 1/4 x 11 inches

Dog and Fjord
c.1987
oil on canvas
10 3/4 x 12 1/2 inches

Icelandic Farm
c.1978
oil on canvas
8 x 11 inches

Three Sheep and House
c.1985
oil on canvas
10 x 12 inches

Figure, Dog, Sheep and Houses
nd
oil on canvas
12 x 38 inches

Girl, Bicycle and Man in Maine
c.1976
oil on canvas
8 x 11 inches

Girl Lying Down, Maine
c.1976
oil on canvas
8 x 10 1/2 inches

Girl on Bicycle and Cat, Maine
c.1976
oil on canvas
7 1/4 x 10 inches

Standing Self Portrait with Dog I
c.1990
oil on canvas
10 1/2 x 9 inches

Dog and Boy in Landscape
c.1988
oil on canvas mounted on board
8 x 10 inches

Blond Horse
c.1985
oil on canvas
8 1/4 x 10 inches

Press Release

The Tibor de Nagy Gallery is pleased to present its second exhibition of paintings by the celebrated Icelandic painter Louisa Matthiasdottir. The artist is known for her realist paintings that employ a vibrant palette and a strong geometric structure. The exhibition will comprise a selection of small, loosely painted landscapes, some of which were created as studies for larger paintings.

Now considered a national treasure in her native Iceland, the artist was a prominent younger member of country's first avant-garde. She went on to study in Paris and Copenhagen, and eventually moved in 1942 to New York where she studied under Hans Hofmann. Along with a group of fellow former Hofmann students, including Robert de Niro, Larry Rivers, Nell Blaine, and Jane Freilicher, she helped to foster a new sense of relevance for representational painting.

The artist's work has been exhibited and collected widely throughout the United States and in Iceland. Her paintings are included in many private and public collections, including the Tate Gallery, London, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. In the spring of 2009, the artist's work was the subject of an exhibition at the Reykjavik Museum.