About the original:
Together with artists such as Thorvald Hellesen, Ragnhild Kaarbø and Charlotte Wankel, Ragnhild Keyser is considered one of the 1920s' leading abstract modernists in Nordic art. She had a strong connection to the art community in Paris, where during the 1920s she received decisive impulses from, among others, André Lhote and Fernand Léger.
Keyser was preoccupied with Cubism early on, but gradually oriented himself towards abstraction and a clarified, planar geometric expression. Her images from this time are often dominated by a muted gray scale and a play with clearly defined shapes. Fragments of figures, still lifes, interiors or architectural structures are sometimes seen. In Rustning, clean, flat forms are set against, or above, each other in a way that creates a shallow, condensed, layered space. The touch of bright red against white creates a playful, dynamic contrast to the sober denomination game. It is the forms, surfaces and structures of the modern era that are expressed here. The image seems inextricably linked to the age of machines, industry and technology.
After participating in a much-discussed so-called scandal exhibition where Scandinavian Cubism was presented in 1927, Keyser moderated his expression in the direction of the figurative. In retrospect, however, it is especially her most radically simplified images from the 1920s that attract the most attention and interest. Through these, she has gradually become a natural part of the narrative of Norwegian art from the twentieth century.
Text: Øystein Ustvedt
Date: Presumably 1926
Other titles: Armor (ENG)
Material and technique: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: H 110 cm x W 50.2 cm x D 2.4 cm
Subject: Visual arts
Classification: 532 - Visual arts
Acquisition: Purchased 1977
Inventory no.: NG.M.03145
Registration level: Single object
Owner and collection: The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Visual Art Collections
Photo: Børre Høstland/Lathion, Jacques