• Eyborg-Gudmundsdottir,Titrandi-strengir,L

Quivering Strings

Eyborg Guðmundsdóttir 1974

Eyborg's career only spanned fifteen years but she nevertheless managed to create her personal imagery in that time, delicate and elegant, characterized by simple forms and visual effects akin to op art. The interplay of line interference on one hand and simple, strong forms and colours on the other is characteristic for many of Eyborg's works as can be seen in the painting Quivering Strings. The strings are drawn in very fine lines, creating a fragile impression while the strong colours and forms are simultaneously a sign of artistic confidence. The great contrasts in the piece, the playful lines and widths set against the heavy monotone forms bear witness to Eyborg's bold approach to the painting.

In 1959 Eyborg began studying art in Paris but did not like it and subsequently gave it up after a short while. She began to familiarize herself with the main art trends and styles but abstract art encompassed her from the start. She got to know op artist Victor Vasarely who would instruct her. Eyborg stayed in Paris for five years and participated in the exhibitions of an international group of artists that painted geometric abstracts much like she did. The group was called Groupe Mesure and Eyborg would participate in their exhibitions in many countries.


The painting Quivering Strings was part of the fall exhibition of the Society of Icelandic Visual Artists in the Nordic House in 1975. Eyborg had already become a notable figure in Iceland's abstract scene with works based on the primary aspects of visual arts, form, colour and line, based on their internal function and visual titillation. Eyborg was one of few artists in Iceland who continued to explore the possibilities of abstract geometry and pushed the geometric painting to the next phase.



LÍ 3824

The National Gallery of Iceland