Lars Hertervig’s Schizophrenic Nature

Lard Hetervig's Schizophrenic Nature

Hello, and good day.

Welcome to this week’s artist blog. Every week we hope to post an artist blog to show a couple of interesting art assets that may or may not make it into the final version of Through the Woods. These could be character models, environments, concept art, monsters, objects in the game world, and so on.

Here’s this week’s art blog, featuring Lars Hertervig’s schizophrenic nature paintings

This week we have something very special for you. This is the thid part of a four-part series which we have been releasing at intervals over the past few weeks in which we are looking at some of the art that has inspired Through the Woods. You can take a look at part one, Kittelsen’s Forest Creatures, and part two, Theodor Kittelsen’s Landscapes, if you missed them.

This week, we have a few paintings by one of Norway’s most beloved painters, Lars Hertervig.

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Lars Hertervig was poor and unknown when he died, his paintings tragically only gaining critical success 12 years after his death in 1902.

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He studied art as private pupil of Hans Gude at the Düsseldorf school of painting from 1852. During this time Lars suffered a mental breakdown and, in 1854, returned to Norway. In 1856 he entered Gaustad asylum and was diagnosed with schizophrenia.

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Most of his well known paintings were created during and after this time, and you can see there is something very unusual happening in his work. There seem to be shapes, unusual geometries and something sentient in the nature he depicts. It seems as though, hidden somewhere in the paintings, you will find some kind of human shape in a bush or tree, or under the surface of the water.

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The thing about Hertervig’s work is that, to me, it almost seems as if the unusual shapes made it into the paintings by accident. As if he wanted to paint a lovely scene he came across, but these odd, almost hidden things made it into the paintings secretly, without him knowing.

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And this is why Lars Hertervig’s schizophrenic nature paintings have inspired Through the Woods. Because in the game you will see things that aren’t there. Sometimes you won’t see things that are there. Either way, it’s scary.

Until next time.

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