The Leonardo of Landscape Painting: Lars Hertervig and the Rejuvenation in Primal Images | The Cave of Apelles

Jan-Ove Tuv, Sebastian Salvo & Alastair Blain sit down to talk about the 19th century landscape painter Lars Hertervig and the mythic potential of the landscape.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Hertervig’s dreamlike vision vs Constable’s recreation of soil
  • Painting despite lack of social advantages
  • Was Hertervig “insane” or highly intelligent?
  • Rejuvenation in timeless images
  • Hertervig’s clouds: pure fantasy, or did he actually look at nature?
  • Myths describe reality way more accurately
  • The advantages of painting landscapes in the studio
  • Plein-air plus eighty five percent black
  • Combining realism and symbols, empiricism and poetry
  • Elements in the story that are too personal get cut away
  • The subject has to strike you first, then it can become archetypal
  • When your unconscious gets pretentious…
  • Neurotic myth deniers
  • Your love or interest for it makes it archetypal

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Filmed and edited by Bork S. Nerdrum
The centerpiece was a 19th century reproduction of G. F. Watts’ Hope.

Fergus Ryan
Shaun Roberts
Matthias Proy
Viorel Trandafir
Børge Moe
Dean Anthony
Alastair Blain
Anders Berge Christensen
Eivind Josten
Erik Lasky
Fernando Ramirez
Herman Borge
Iver Ukkestad
Jack Entz Warner
Jared Fountain
Jon Harald Aspheim
Marion Bu-Pedersen
Maurice Robbins
Michael Irish
Richard Barrett
Stacey Evangelista
Tonelise Rugaas
Trym Jordahl
Yngve Hellan


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  • Apelles was asked why he touched and retouched his pictures with so much care, to which he replied:
    "I paint for eternity"