Louisa Matthiasdottir

Paintings and Works on Paper

November 30, 2013 – January 11, 2014

Woman in Reykjavik with Umbrella
c.1980
oil on canvas
30 x 26 inches

Skowhegan Landscape
nd
oil on canvas
19 x 20 inches

Brown Horse
c.1980
oil on canvas
54 x 60 inches

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

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

Two Riders
c.1990
oil on canvas
26 x 52 inches

Self Portrait in Long Striped Sweater
1993
oil on canvas
31 x 21 ½ inches

National Theatre, Reykjavik
1985
watercolor on paper
12 1/8 x 16 1/8 inches

Reykjavik Harbor
c.1985
watercolor on paper
12 x 16 inches

Harbor Scene
1986
watercolor on paper
9 1/8 x 12 3/8 inches

Boy and Dog in Icelandic Landscape
c.1985
oil on canvas
47 x 52 inches

Icelandic Village
c.1991
oil on canvas
37 x 52 inches

Two Sheep and Water
nd
oil on canvas
22 x 28 inches

Maine, Girl with Bicycle II
c.1976
oil on canvas
54 x 62 inches

Icelandic Landscape with Sheep, Man and Red Roof
c.1983
oil on canvas
37 x 52 inches

Woman in Reykjavik
c.1980
oil on canvas
20 x 30 inches

Maine, Girl with Bicycle
c.1976
oil on canvas
44 x 52 inches

Press Release

The Tibor de Nagy Gallery is pleased to present its fourth exhibition of works by the much-admired Icelandic painter Louisa Matthiasdottir (1917-2000). The artist is best known for landscapes of Iceland and figure paintings, all realized in crisp and blocky shapes and saturated, bright colors.

The exhibition will comprise a selection of large and medium-sized landscapes of Iceland and Maine from the 1970s through the 1990s. Unlike her paintings of the austere Icelandic countryside that is virtually without trees, the Maine landscapes include strongly vertical trees at the edge of water or leading into a wooded landscape. The exhibition will also include small watercolors of Reykjavik and Paris.

The artist studied in Copenhagen and Paris and was a prominent younger member of Iceland’s first avant-garde. In 1942 she moved to New York where she attended Hans Hofmann’s school. Along with a group of fellow former Hofmann students, including Robert de Niro, Sr., Larry Rivers, Nell Blaine, and Jane Freilicher, she helped to foster a new sense of relevance for representational painting, and a synthesis between the visual world and abstraction.

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. A retrospective was presented at the Scandinavia House in New York in 2004, and it traveled to Iceland and Europe.