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Beautiful house built for artist Jóhannes Kjarval on the market

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  • Your next home? This beautiful sea-view villa, located in the Reykjavík suburb of Seltjarnarnes, is on the market. The house was built in 1969 for artist Jóhannes Kjarval. Photos/Stakfell

This beautiful sea-view villa, located in the Reykjavík suburb of Seltjarnarnes, is on the market. The house was built in 1969 for artist Jóhannes Kjarval, as a gift from the Icelandic nation. The artist, however, never lived in the house. 

The detached house is within 10 minute drive distance from downtown Reykjavík, beautifully located by the oceanfront, complete with a view over Mt. Esja and Snæfellsnes peninsula to the north. The property is 443 square metres (4768 sq ft) in size, has a garage, a large and very bright living room with a fire place, a dining room which opens onto the terrace and into the back garden, a spacious kitchen, 6 bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a comfortable living space on the ground floor.

Ingunn Benediktsdóttir and Högni Óskarsson have lived in the house since 1991. Ingunn says Jóhannes Kjarval‘s old age and deteriorating health meant he never lived in the house, which was completed 3 years before his death.

“When he was handed the keys to the house, he became limp and fled back into the taxi, never to return. Compared to his former dwellings, this house was huge and perhaps somewhat overwhelming,” she once told Vísir.

Jóhannes  S. Kjarval was born in great poverty in 1885. As a young man he worked as a fisherman, spending every free moment drawing and painting. He studied the basics from artist Ásgrímur Jónsson, but was able to travel to Denmark to study at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts with the support of fellow fishermen and the Icelandic Confederation of Labour at the age of 27.  

Kjarval is by many considered one of the most important Icelandic artist and his work is housed in Kjarvalsstaðir museum, Flókagata 24. 

More information and photos avialable here

 

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The house was built in 1969.

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The veranda is large.  

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Bright and spacious living room. 

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The villa has a beautiful ocean view. 

 

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