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Ásgrímur´s Way.

April 2 - December 31

Ásgrímur’s Way is a collaboration between three museums, which are uniting to commemorate artist Ásgrímur Jónsson, who was born in the county of Árnessýsla.

Ásgrímur Jónsson (1876–1958) was one of the pioneers of Icelandic visual art and the first Icelandic painter to make art his main profession. He was born on March 4, 1876 on the farm of Suðurkot in Rútsstaðahverfi, in the Flói region of south Iceland.

From the outset Icelandic nature was Ásgrímur’s principal subject, and his work formed the foundation of Icelandic landscape art.

LÁ Art Museum is situated in Hveragerði, south Iceland. It is an art museum that preserves a small collection of modern and contemporary art. The foundation gift to the museum includes a collection of works of art by Ásgrímur Jónsson.

The Árnessýsla Heritage Museum in Eyrarbakki holds its exhibitions in Húsið (the Merchant’s House) and a cluster of buildings around it. As a youngster Ásgrímur Jónsson was employed by the merchant’s family. The Merchant’s House dates from 1765 and is one of Iceland’s oldest buildings.

On his death in 1958 Ásgrímur Jónsson bequeathed all his works that remained in his possession to the Icelandic nation, along with his home/studio at Bergstaðastræti 74 in Reykjavík. Now part of the National Gallery of Iceland, the building is open to the public as Home of an Artist, showcasing the life and work of Ásgrímur Jónsson, one of the pioneers of Icelandic painting.