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The Wall from the Pompeii Series
  • Artist Gerhard Nordström (Swedish, 1925 - 2019)
  • TitleThe Wall from the Pompeii Series
  • Dating 1976
  • Technique/MaterialOil on panel
  • Dimensions158 x 438 cm
    Delmått: GKM 2724b - 158 x 122 cm
    Delmått: GKM 2724c - 158 x 122 cm
    Delmått: GKM 272
  • AcquisitionGift of the Artist, 2009
  • CategoryOil painting
  • Inventory NumberGKM 2724-a-d
  • Rights and ReproductionGerhard Nordström/BUS 2014©
  • Display StatusNot shown in the museum
Signatures etc.
Exhibition History
During the 18th century Pompeii and Herculaneum were excavated. Remnants of the classical civilisation as well as traces of enormous devastation emerged, something that stimulated the Romantics’ fateful imagination and interest in history. In the late 18th century, history began to be regarded as a linear development in periods of prosperity and decay. Just as Pompeii displayed traces of a bygone high culture, the Romantics discerned in the modern city the seed of the downfall. Gerhard Nordström portrays Pompeii and modern industrial ruins in the pictorial language of Neorealism in a powerful series of images that serves as a reminder that a similar havoc can befall us.

Kristoffer Arvidsson