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

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

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.

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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"