10000 Years of Nordic Folk Art.

The creative energy of an artistic environment can be measured in terms of the interest and the urge to imitate that its works arouse in its surroundings. From this point of view the strongest period in Nordic art falls in the time before the Viking Age, from the fourth to the eighth Century  wrote Asger Jörn in 1971.

In the large series on 10,000 years of folk art in the North, this era also played a very special role for him. Twice Jörn began to compose the pictorial presenta- tion of the volume on the gold, silver and bronze works of the period. In the manuscript from 1971 Jörn further considers the relationship between Scandinavian and other European art in the period.

What were the conditions that ensured that it was Nordic art that, from the beginning right to the end, unfolded with the greatest technical and thematic richness and diversity within this artistic style? Scandinavia was not a political power centre in the Age of Migrations: no great architecture, no great cities and temples, no coinage, but a wealth of gold. Why? Where did it come from? Above all, what social, cultural and economic basis existed for the establishment and development of the outstanding goldsmiths' art in the North in those centuries? Creative developments in art are always the result of the cross-fertilization that arises in the encounter between several, often apparently incompatible sources of inspiration, not of the concentration of economic power.


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