Icelandic painting and sculpture

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Visual artists have been around for a long time in Iceland , but it was not until the beginning of the 20th century that Icelandic artists gained truly international recognition. Initially, they had mostly studied abroad, for example in Copenhagen , and gained this degree through a sideline e.g. B. financed as sailors.


The most important motifs of the painters were the nature of their homeland and its people. But the supernatural powers, which have always played a role in Iceland, were discussed again and again.

Some of the most important Icelandic painters include:


It was not until the 19th century that Icelandic artists began to occupy themselves with sculpture . So far, the usable material was simply missing, as the stones to be found in Iceland are usually quite brittle.

Some of the most famous sculptors in Iceland include: