Excerpt from the book’s jacket:
“Louisa Matthiasdottir’s dazzling landscapes, still lifes and self-portraits are “a defining achievement of postwar American art.” So writes critic Jed Perl in the first book to survey the extraordinary union of full-out color, spare geometric structure and naturalistic observation that has carried Matthiasdottir to the top rank of contemporary realist painters. In Matthiasdottir’s self-portraits we confront the stand-alone power of a modern woman. Her ravishing Icelandic landscapes and cityscapes are inspired by the yearning for independence that has animated an entire nation. This volume, which contains well over 100 color reproductions and texts by major critics and historians, will be a revelation for anybody who is interested in the art of our time.”
The most extensive book of Matthaisdottir’s work and about her life to date entitled Lousia Matthíasdóttir was published September 2000 by the Icelandic art house publishing company, Nesútgáfan Publishing, and the american Hudson Hills Press. This major monograph totaling 198 pages has 137 quality color plates, 83 black and white illustrations, a photographic biography, and essays and texts by acclaimed critic Jed Perl, poet John Ashbery, art historian Martica Sawin, art historian Adelsteinn Ingolfsson and former Icelandic President Vigdís.
Finnbogadóttir. This book is available in both English and Icelandic.
English: Lousia Matthiasdottir, contributors Vigdis Finnbogadottir, John Ashbery, art, Adalsteinn Ingolfsson, Martica Sawin and Lance Esplund. ISBN 99979-9194-7-7. Nesútgáfan Publishing, 2000.
Icelandic: Lousia Matthíasdóttir, contributors Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, John Ashbery, art, Adalsteinn Ingolfsson, Martica Sawin and Lance Esplund. ISBN 9979919485 (9979-9194-8-5), Hudson Hills Press, 2000.
Available at: Amazon.com, BarnesandNobles.com
Louisa Matthíasdóttir: Small Paintings
“Louisa Mattiasdottir: Small Paintings is an exquisite volume presenting the work of an artist who transmits with apparent effortlessness her warm vision of the world, at once calm and euphoric, constant and vital. -Excerpt from the book’s jacket
Entitled Lousia Matthíasdóttir: Small Painting was published in 1986 by Hudson Hills Press. Totally 60 pages the book includes 36 high quality color plates. Texts by acclaimed critic Jed Perl and painter Deborah Rosenthal. This book is available in both English and Icelandic.
# ISBN-10: 0933920660
# ISBN-13: 978-0933920668
Available at: amazon.com
Books featuring Artwork:
by Steinn Steinarr and Illustrated by Louisa Matthíasdóttir Hardcover, JPV, ISBN 997976127X (9979-761-27-X)
A Children’s book entitled Halla Illustrated by Louisa Matthíasdóttir, and written by the acclaimed Icelandic poet Steinn Steinarr. The book was made when they were both living in Reykjavik in 1940, and was lost and then found in 2000 and published by the Icelandic publishing house JPV.. This book is in Icelandic.
Halldór Laxness Book Series by Random House
Louisa Matthiasdottir’s Paintings have been featured on the cover of a series of English translations of the Icelandic Nobel prize-winning author Halldór Laxness’s novels.
Independent People, Halldór Laxness, ISBN-10: 0679767924, ISBN-13: 978-0679767923, Random House, 1997.
Paradise Reclaimed, Halldór Laxness, ISBN-10: 0375727582 , ISBN-13: 978-0375727580, Random House, 2002.
World Light, Halldór Laxness, ISBN-10: 0375727574 , ISBN-13: 978-0375727573, Vintage, 2002.
Under the Glacier, Halldór Laxness, ISBN-10: 1400034418, ISBN-13: 978-1400034413, Vintage, 2005.
The Fish Can Sing, Halldór Laxness, ISBN-10: 0307386058, ISBN-13: 978-0307386052Vintage, 2008.
Available at: BarnesandNobles.com
Full Color Catalogs
Louisa Matthiasdottir Selected Paintings, 2008
Availble at: Tibor De Nagy
A Family of Artists Catalog
Availble at: Hafnarborg Gift Shop
Louisa Matthiasdottir A Retrospective Catalog
Available at: Scandanavia House gift shop
Louisa Matthíasdóttir & Leland Bell Still Lifes from a Shared Life catalog
Available at: Hafnarborg Gift Shop