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Letters from Nína Tryggvadóttir to Erlendur in Unuhús

In a collection of letters of Erlendur Guðmundsson (1892-1947), always associated with Unuhús, which was opened formally in the National and University Library early in 2000, there are about 30 private letters from the artist Nína Tryggvadóttir (1913-1968), many of which are beautifully decorated and amusingly written.  The letters are from a three-year period, 1943-1946, when Nína was studying in New York. It is likely that Nína got to know Erlendur in 1939 after she came home from a five-year stay in Denmark. Nína and her friend, the artist Louisa Matthíasdóttir (1917-2000), became frequent guests in Unuhús and it seems like a very close confidential relationship was formed between the two young artists and Erlendur. Louisa  was also a contemporary of Nína in The United States and they were so close during this time that even their paintings were considered alike, as is evident in the letters. Aðalsteinn Ingólfsson writes about those letters in Ritmennt 5 in the year 2000.

Úr bréfi Nínu til Erlends í Unuhúsi 14. Júní 1946, Lbs 5 NF, askja 3.
Nína Tryggvadóttir©Una Dóra Copley/Myndstef.

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