• by Christina Cadogan
    Bente Sandtorv in her studio
    Bente Sandtorv in her studio

    I currently have a selection of pen and ink drawings by Norwegian artist, Bente Sandtorv available for sale in London.  They are priced between £150 and £300 and make wonderful Christmas presents. Please see the artworks or artists section for drawings for sale. Sandtorv is based in the beautiful Norwegian coastal town of Bergen.   Sadly, I am unable to go there in person at the moment but I had the pleasure of an interview with her over the phone.  

     

     

  • by Christina Cadogan
    One evening around Midsummer they went with Bianca Maria deep into the forest, 1913, watercolour
    One evening around Midsummer they went with Bianca Maria deep into the forest, 1913, watercolour

    It feels good to be back in London and to see museums and galleries gradually opening up again and holding exhibitions with controlled numbers in the gallery rooms.  There are exciting exhibitions with a Nordic connection taking place in Europe; the Royal Academy currently has a wonderful exhibition of Impressionist paintings from the Ordrupgaard Collection, north of Copenhagen, assembled by the passionate Danish business man, Wilhelm Hansen in the early twentieth century.  There are several works here that have never been seen in the U.K. before and the exhibition is well worth a visit.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Tove Jansson's The Summer book

    These are extraordinary times.  Our news is dominated by coronavirus and I found myself seeking a book that would take me away from it all.  As we are shortly approaching Midsummer (celebrated in a big way across the Nordic region), I turned to 'The Summer book' a novel by author of the Moomin books, Tove Jansson's, a gentle story which proved the perfect antidote to corona virus.

  • Gepetto recovers Pinocchio's unconscious body, Gustaf Tenggren, watercolour illustration for Disney
    Gepetto recovers Pinocchio's unconscious body, Gustaf Tenggren, watercolour illustration for Disney

    Just before the Covid 19 crisis broke out seriously in Europe, I was in Stockholm and having by chance a few years ago discovered the work of artist Gustaf Tenggren and been immediately captivated, one of the first things I did was to visit sculpture garden and museum,Millesgården to see the exhibition, ‘Gustaf Tenggren, Folk Tales and Disney’.

     

     Snow White tempted by the apple, Gustaf Tenggren, watercolour.

  • Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Lake Keitele, 1905, National Gallery, London
    Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Lake Keitele, 1905, National Gallery, London

    Every month the National Gallery in England chooses 'a picture of the month'.  This month, it has chosen one of my favorite paintings, Lake Keitele by Finnish artist, Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931).  Sometimes, if I am in the region of Trafalgar Square and have ten minutes to spare, I pop in to the National Gallery and  head for the (usually quiet) little room where this painting hangs, finding a moment of serenity amongst the hustle and bustle of central London.

     

     

  • by Christina Cadogan

    I am launching this website at an extraordinary time- COVID-19 is raging throughout the world and the U.K and the majority of European countries are in lockdown. Yet while we can't go to art galleries or museums at the moment, we can look and read about art online.  The website www.cadoganfinearts.com displays Nordic artworks that I currently have for sale.  My blog will sometimes discuss works that I am selling but I also want to talk about Nordic art works in public collections  and help raise awareness of Nordic art exhibitions and cultural events that are taking place in the U.K. and elsewhere in the world.  I hope you enjoy reading the blog and browsing through the artworks on the website.