Andreas Aubert (art historian)

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Andreas Aubert, c. 1870s

Fredrik Ludvig Andreas Vibe Aubert (28 January 1851 – 10 May 1913) was a Norwegian art historian. [1]

Biography[edit]

Andreas Aubert was the son of Ludvig Cæsar Martin Aubert who was a classical scholar and professor of philology at the University of Oslo. He was married to Martha Johanne Védastine Moe (1855-1933), becoming the son-in-law of Jørgen Moe and brother-in to Moltke Moe. Andreas Aubert was a student at Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry (1869-71), before he began to study theology. He studied theology cand.theol. (1877) and then worked as a teacher at Aars and Voss (1878-1895).

Andreas Aubert wrote extensively about Norwegian artist, Johan Christian Dahl starting with an autobiography titled Professor Dahl. Et stykke af Aarhundredets Kunst- og Kulturhistorie in 1893. As an art historian, his major works were the fundamental studies of the art of Johan Christian Dahl which won him an annual government scholarship in 1895 and ended his teaching career. He became a professional art historian, critic and researcher.

Aubert also championed Edvard Munch, Puvis de Chavannes, Arnold Böcklin, Max Klinger, Gabriel von Max, and Vilhelm Hammershøi. He described them as "neurasthenics", by which he meant that their art was oriented toward the psychological. He had an important role in restoring the legacy of the German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich, now considered the leading artist of that period, toward the end of the 19th century.

Selected works[edit]

  • Professor Dahl. Et stykke af Aarhundredets Kunst- og Kulturhistorie (1893)
  • Den Norske Naturfølelse og Professor Dahl. Hans Kunst og dens Stilling i Aarhundredets Utvikling (1894)
  • Thomas Fearnley. En biografisk skisse (1903)
  • Runge und die Romantik, Berlin 1909 (no. ed. Runge og romantikken, 1911).
  • Caspar David Friedrich. Gott, Freiheit, Vaterland, aus dem Nachlass des Verfassers hrsg. von G. J. Kern, Berlin 1915.
  • Norsk kultur og norsk kunst with C. W. Schnitler, (1917)
  • Maleren Johan Christian Dahl. Et stykke av forrige aarhundres kunst- og kulturhistorie (1920)

References[edit]

Other sources[edit]

  • Mosley, Philip. Rodenbach, Georges: Critical Essays. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1996, p. 158 (note 33). ISBN 0-8386-3588-1.