About the original:
A dreamlike silence characterizes the landscape motif from the artist's birthplace, Borgøya in Tysvær in Rogaland. The picture is not a realistic representation of nature, but is based on the romanticism's basic idea of the subjective interpretation. It is Hertervig's personal experience of the landscape that we are presented here. Through his emphasis on the largest mountain's steep rise, it appears strangely high in relation to the surrounding rock formations. The mountain takes on a strangely majestic expression. Partly hidden behind enigmatic fog, it seems to glide forth from a hazy cloud, where, like the ships close by, it rests softly above the still water.
A distinctive, enigmatic light characterizes nature. In the distance the light is almost mother-of-pearl, and in the foreground harder. The stones near us are described in detail and matter-of-factly, and therefore seem more perceptibly present. This suggests a separation between our close, physical reality and a distant, non-physical dimension. Centrally placed in the image, the cliff stands as an awe-inspiring portal, as a transition from one reality to another. In such a context, the small, faintly hinted ships appear as a picture of man's destiny and the journey from life to death.
There is an atmosphere characterized by peace and quiet in the image. This is emphasized by the composition's stabilizing centering around the mountain, which helps convey an impression of something permanent and unchanging.
Text: Nina Denney Ness
Other titles: Iceland Borgøya (ENG)
Material and technique: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 61.7 x 69.5 cm
Subject: Visual arts
Classification: 532 - Visual arts
Photo: Lathion, Jacques