AARON FROM KANGEQ
Visual art in Greenland has, in spite of its relatively short history, made a significant contribution to Greenlandic culture. It all began with Aaron from Kangeq, the Greenlandic drawer and painter, who in the middle of the 19th century depicted the ancient Greenlandic myths and legends in watercolours.
INFORMATION AND NATURALISTS
Since these beginnings several artists have been influenced and inspired to follow Aaron’s example through drawing and painting.
From the 1940s visual art had two primary forms of expression: To provide information or to depict the landscape as accurately as possible. The culture and the landscape in Greenland have also attracted many foreign artists, whose works are collectables today.
Museums containing the Danish artist Emanual A. Petersen’s paintings are thus found in both Ilulissat in Northern Greenland and in the capital Nuuk.
"It all began with Aaron from Kangeq, the Greenlandic drawer and painter."