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Borge Christoffer Nyrop (1881-1948)

Uno Langmann Gallery, Vancouver
Nov 30 - Dec 31, 2000


Afternoon at Ringkobing 1913 (1913),
oil on canvas

Borge Christoffer Nyrop was a prolific 20th Century Danish painter. He exhibited at the Danish Royal Academy an astonishing thirty-six times between 1907 and 1945. Nyrop attended prestigious art academies and his talent attracted considerable attention by the time he was 19. For his entire career he was well exhibited and collected. His style is impressionistic with a fine, delicate touch and attention to detail. Nyrop mainly painted the Danish countryside, with some canvasses painted in the Brittany and Normandy areas of France during 1911 while he was studying in Paris. His sunny and optimistic style conveys the enjoyment he must have taken in his figural landscapes and studies of farm workers in the fields or making their way home. The interplay of weather and terrain is most prominent in his work. Of particular note are his close observations of sky and clouds. Nyrop provides the viewer with intimate sights from the artist's viewpoint: through his window, over the hedge of a country lane or beyond the gate of a cottage. With their personal perspective and spontaneous articulation, many of his scenes feel captured accidentally rather than deliberately.

© Mia Johnson