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Nikolai Astrup (1880-1928) is one of Norway’s most renowned and beloved artists. He distinguished himself as a painter and printer and is above all known for his wild and lush landscapes and depictions of traditional life in Vestlandet (west Norway). Astrup helped shape the way we view Vestlandet and, in fact, the whole country. Astruptunet, was Nikolai Astrup’s home for 15 years. The artist purchased the old smallholding in September 1912. The farmstead, which was situated along a steep slope, was in a very poor condition. Astrup nonetheless decided to make this place a future home for himself and his growing family. Astrup created a magical home, and by the 1920s he began to feel contented with “what these hands made”. During the 1920s the new home at Sandalstrand also became a central motif in his art. The museum at Astruptunet opened in 1986. In the gallery you may see Nikolai Astrup's original prints, woodcut blocks, paintings and textiles.
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Kathleen M
Williamstown, MA173 contributions
Jun 2019 • Business
This is a place out of a dream. The early 20th century painter and printmaker Nikolai Astrup created this farmstead with his wife Engel, a real labor love that combined their interest in horticulture, preservation of traditional Norwegian farming buildings and methods, and his urge to shape the landscape for use in his own art. Some of his paintings and prints are on view in the upper barn, and many of his wife's hand-printed textiles are hung in the small houses. It's a beautiful, magical, compelling place. If you have a chance to get to this lovely part of Norway - DO NOT MISS IT.
Written June 30, 2019
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Guildforgourmet
33 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
Today we had a guided tour in English by Maria which was very good indeed. Astrup's art is a revelation and on a par with French impressionists. It was a particular pleasure to be shown around his house and studio by a knowledgeable guide who brought him and his family to life. Even if you have little interest in the art itself it is worth a visit to see the hard domestic life in this part of Norway in the early twentieth century. Lovely waffles too!
Written July 11, 2017
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grethe
Bergen, Norway2,981 contributions
Astruptunet is situated on the southern shores of Lake Jolster. Driving northwards from Forde, take the road to the right at Vassenden - close to Jolster hotel. Drive about 10 km - parking by the lake. Entrance fee NOK 50.- includes a guided tour. Cafe and shop.
Coming along E39 from the north- turn left by Skei Hotel in Skei, crossing the bridge a few hundred metres later and follow the road southwards for 10km till you see the sign.
The old houses give an interseting history of the painter Nicolai Astrup`s life and work.
Very beautiful, old interior and the museum is situated wonderfully by the lake Jolster.
Cafe, toilet and shop selling reproductions, cards, souvenirs and books.
Written May 25, 2007
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Maria V.
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Jul 2022 • Friends
A beautiful place, both aesthetic and historical! Definitely worth the visit!
And not to mention, an amazing staff! They were so helpful when I forgot my purse, and found someone who met me halfway.
A 10/10 experience!
Written February 1, 2023
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OsloViking
Oslo, Norway25,182 contributions
Jun 2021
A visit to Astruptunet is a must for all interested in Norwegian art. Nikolai Astrup is a well-known and beloved painter in Norway, but hardly known abroad, unlike his equal and contemporary Edvard Munch. Munch was impressed by Astrup's work, while Astrup was less impressed by Munch. Astrup and his family lived in relative poverty on this unlikely farm at Astrup's beloved Jølster lake. He made virtually all his paintings from the shores of this lake. There is a small gallery with paintings inside the old barn. The best collection of paintings are held at KODE museum in Bergen. Access by narrow but well-maintained road from Vassenden or from Skei through bridge across Kjøsnesfjorden. Fee to enter buildings, outdoor is free.
Written July 25, 2021
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RichardSS18
London, UK80 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
Astruptunet is the well-preserved hillside small-holding where Nikolai Astrup, THE Norwegian painter and his wife, a celebrated artist in her own right (textile design), brought up their family. It is on a very steep incline so please plan your trip very carefully, and check, if you are disabled, how the place can be accessed. If you can get there, though, there is the most wonderful cluster of little wooden houses that the Astrups built one by one as their family increased. The barn at the uppermost limit of the property has been turned into a gallery where Astrup's original wood blocks can be seen as well as his prints and some of his paintings.
The young guide was brought up locally and was superbly enthusiastic and knowledgeable about all things Astrup.
I love Astrup for his Norwegian soul and in particular for his hugely absorbing summer bonfire paintings. The best comprehensive exhibition of these was at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London over two years ago but you can see one or two examples at the Koda Gallery in Bergen. He is also the only painter I know who painted rhubarb so he can do no wrong for me!
You will discover here that the Astrups weren't just local artists who never left their native soil. Nikolai travelled widely in Europe as a student and they both won scholarships later in life to travel to Africa.
Written November 7, 2017
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731ingeh
Moss Municipality, Norway152 contributions
Aug 2017
Here is the beautiful setting. The place is well worth a visit. Keep in mind that there is a steep hill up to the yard where the artist has unfolded. It tastes good with a coffee here.
Written August 16, 2017
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matiasrake
Stavanger, Norway329 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
Astruptunet is where the Norwegian artist Nikolai Astrup lived and worked through the latter parts of his life. Astrup is sometimes described as Munchs brighter cuisins, his paintings mainly picturing people and nature around Jølster, where Astruptunet is.

Astrup also spent parts of his life shaping Astruptunet in his picture: building more houses, planting and making the property almost like a park. Some of it has fallen into decay since Astrups time, but the museum still gives a very nice impression about how life was in Astrups time: a modest life in amazing surroudings. Some of the buildings are, by modern standards, very simple and must have felt quite crowded by the Astrup family. Make sure to book a guides tour in the buildings, well worth the extra cost, among others, you get to see Mr. Astrups atelier, his wife's graphical prints and furniture and clothing apparent in many of his pictures.

The surrounding mountains and the Jølster lake gives Astrup-tunet a spectacular fram, leaving even most Norwegians in awe.

There's also a museum containing a small amount of Astrup's art well worth visiting.
Written August 14, 2016
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jorun53
Gran Canaria, Spain28 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
A wonderful place to visit. Very interesting to see all these old houses and hear about the painter Nikolai Astrup´s history and life. He made this place, which was his home. He lived here together with his family until he died too young in 1928. Many of his paintings have motive from this place. You may see some of his beautiful paintings in one of the old houses. The Astrup tunet is really worth a visit if you come to Jølster.
Written August 7, 2016
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sveinenator
Spikkestad, Norway851 contributions
Sep 2012 • Couples
During our breathtaking holidays by car in North-West of Norway we also visited the ASTRUPTUNET.
The whole trip was an amazing trip through, whatever its possible to believe from nature itself, a wonderlandstory of a countryside.

The Astruptunet is a museum dedicated to the artpainter Nikolai Astrup.
The farm, which he bought in 1912, is located at the southside of lake JØLSTRAVATNET by Sandal i JØLSTER.

First of all, when we parked by the lake, we could not take our eyes away from the view of the lake. See our own pictures and the link:

http://www.astruptunet.com/

Astonished, after such a rich trip of impressions already, we only stood there by the lake, taking pictures millions of tourist must have taken before us.

Then we entered the museum. See the link, breathtaking.
Written August 19, 2013
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Astruptunet - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)