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 Melchor Pérez Holguín: San Francisco meditando (1694), oil on canvas, 168 x 114 cm. Museo Nacional de Arte, La Paz.

Melchor Pérez Holguín –

Catalogue Raisonné


Melchor Pérez Holguín (Aprox. 1660-1732) was a painter active in Potosí in the Audiencia de Charcas, present day Bolivia. He is considered one of the most original and important artists emerging on the South American continent during Spanish colonial reign. Art historian Joakim W. Olañeta Borda-Pedreira is in charge of a complete and critical study of the artist's extant œvre, as well as a survey on his close disciples and studio production. An in-depth discussion on attribution and style along with recent technical findings will guide the publication. The book will contain almost 200 works


This publication will be a welcome contribution to the knowledge of this artist's work and key to understand his style and cronology, as well as dispell some myths and superficial attributions that flourish in both academia and the art market.


The autor accepts submissions of work for consideration, which might be included after proper evaluation. Contact holguin.catalogue@nordicart.org


Language: English. Due for publishing 2025-26.


In Spanish: Melchor Pérez Holguín (Aprox. 1660-1732) fue un pintor activo en Potosí en la Audiencia de Charcas, hoy territorio de Bolivia. Es considerado uno de los artistas más originales e importantes que emergieron en Sudamérica durante la colonia española. El historiador de arte Joakim W. Olañeta Borda-Pedreira está a cargo de un estudio completo y crítico de la obra existente de este artista, el primer catálogo rasonado dedicado a la obra de Melchor Pérez Holguín y sus discípulos. El libro incluirá una discussion a fondo sobre el estilo y las atribuciones de Holguín, con intencion de dispersar algunos mitos e incorrecciones acerca del artista que florecen tanto en el ámbito académico como en el comercio de arte.


El autor acepta propuestas de obras que podrán ser incluídas posterior a un debido estudio. Contacto: holguin.catalogue@nordicart.org


Idioma: inglés. Fecha de publicacíon aprox. 2025-26






Peder Balke: From Vardøhus Fortress, (1860's). The Gundersen Collection

Peder Balke: The Gundersen Collection

 

In 2020 the Nordic Institute of Art published a new book on works of Peder Balke in the Gundersen Collection. Peder Balke (1804–1887) is one of the most outstanding artists of Northern European Romanticism. While he during his own lifetime was despised and later marginalized by standard art history, Balke has recently been internationally recognized as one of the true geniuses of his period.

 

The Gundersen Collection was built up through several decades by collector Pål Gundersen. In addition to being among the finest private collections of Edvard Munch’s prints as well as of Norwegian folk art, it also contains more than 50 paintings by Peder Balke. It is thus the largest collection of the artist’s oeuvre in the world and provides unique insight into Balke’s artistic development. Author and Chief Editor of the book is Dr. Knut Ljøgodt.

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Edward Burne-Jones: Love and the Pilgrim, 1896–97. © Tate

Edward Burne-Jones: The Pre-Raphaelites and the North

 

Edward Burne-Jones: The Pre-Raphaelites and the North– the first monographic show on the artist ever in Scandinavia –  was shown at Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, Stockholm fall 2019 and KODE – Art Museums and Composers Homes, Bergen spring 2020; organised by NIA – Nordic Institute of Art and the two museums, in collaboration with Tate Britain.

 

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833–1898) is one of the key figures of British art in the latter half of the 19th century; being one of the leading artists of the Pre-Raphaelite movement as well as a pioneer of European Symbolism. Together with designer and social reformer William Morris, he was also a prominent member of the Arts & Crafts movement and a forerunner of modern design. Though Burne-Jones is recognised as a leading British and European artist, this will be the first monographic exhibition on the artist in Scandinavia, introducing him to a new audience. The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue will also explore Burne-Jones’ impact on Scandinavian art and design.

 

Edward Burne-Jones: The Pre-Raphaelites and the North consisted of some 50 works, most of which were lent by Tate Britain, with other works coming from other museums and private collections in UK and Europe. The exhibition was initiated by Dr Alison Smith (former Lead Curator Tate Britain, today Chief Curator National Portrait Gallery, as well as an Associate Fellow of NIA) and Dr Knut Ljøgodt (Director NIA). They were also the exhibition’s curators, together with Dr Karin Sidén (Waldemarsudde) and Collections Director Line Daatland (KODE). 

 

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Eva Bull Holte: Fra Paris, (ca. 1950). Eva Bull Holtes museum, Åmotsdal Telemark

Eva Bull Holte

 

Nordic Institute of Art in collaboration with Eva Bull Holtes Memorial Fund initiated in 2019 a project to revitalise the Norwegian artist Eva Bull Holte.

 

Eva Bull Holte (1922–1993) was foremost a painter, but she also worked with drawings, prints and ceramics. In her own time, Bull Holte was a well-recognised artist, represented in several museums and private collections.

She studied at The Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry in Oslo 1940–44, The Academy of Fine Art, Oslo 1947–50 and École des Beaux-Arts, Paris 1951–55. 

 

Her early works show influence from the Norwegian Matisse school and later on French early-modernism inspired by Paul Cézanne's geometrical shapes. In the 1960s she developed a more distinctive style of her own, as can be seen in her landscape paintings: large colour fields, on the border of abstraction.

 

Despite recognition in her own time, she is today marginalised by standard art history. Traditionally female artist has often struggled to break through and is often marginalised in posterity. In the later years, there has been a tendency to bring forward women artists from the late-modernist generation through exhibitions and publications. It is in this perspective we should regard Eva Bull Holte and her place in Norwegian art history.

 

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