Aron was born in Kangeq, a hunting society in South Western Greenland in 1822, the son of Ane Benigna

(1798-1875) and Christian Heinrich (1801-1859). Aron's father was a catechist for the German Herrnhuter mission in Kangeq, just like his father Abraham had done. Aron had three younger brothers who all died at a young age. Aron married his wife Persita in 1843; their only son Apollo died at the age of one year. Aron suffered from tuberculosis, and during the long periods when he was bedridden, he made illustrations and wrote down oral traditional stories. Aron achieved national recognition among his contemporaries for his woodcuts and drawings. Although Aron did not receive any formal education in pictorial art, he succeeded in transforming oral and written narratives into visual form, especially painting, a unique medium in Greenland in the mid-19th century. Aron's artistic production consisted of over 300 watercolors and drawings, about 40 woodcuts, and 56 written manuscripts. Aron died from tuberculosis in Kangeq in 1869 at the age of 47.

Jenny Fossum Gr0nn

See also Art and Artists (Indigenous); Rink, Hin-rich Johannes

Further Reading

Knuth, Eigil, Aron fra Kangeq, Grönlands Guldaldermester, K0benhavn: Nationalmuseets Arbejdsmark, 1960

-, Aron of Kangeq—The Norsemen and the Skraelings,

Godthäb: Det Gr0nlandske Forlag, 1968

-, The Art of Greenland, Berkeley: University of

California Press, 1983

-, Aron fra Kangeq, 1822-1869, K0benhavn: Br0ndum,


Meldgärd, J0rgen, Aron—En af de mwrkvwrdigste Billedsamlinger i Verden, K0benhavn: Nationalmuseet, 1982

Thisted, Kirsten, Saledes skriver jeg, Aron, Nuuk: Atuakkiorfiq, 1999

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