The Central Bank of Iceland owns an impressive collection of Icelandic art which is displayed inside the building in central Reykjavik. The bank has also awarded important grants to artists throughout the years. Upon hearing these news, the Icelandic association of artists sent out a statement criticising archaic puritanism by the bank authorities. And we support that large companies buy art for immense workplaces. Yesterday afternoon a reply to a query by mbl.
We have only recently begun to see that this equation of landscape painting with Canadian identity came at the expense of other subject matter. In the early 20th century, artists who focused on urban themes and on the human figure, and the nude in particular, saw their artworks not just ignored, but in some instances censured and suppressed. Not all such works fared as badly. How one experimented with the nude genre clearly mattered. The argument that Canadians were prudish and affronted by the female nude does not quite hold true; the reality is much more complex. Few practitioners were more engaged in these debates—or penalized for it—than the Beaver Hall Group.
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