A nice day without any wind in Trondheim.
I just stumbled across postcards of works of Norwegian painters at the local bookstore and decided to frame them and use them as decoration. Since paintings are rather expensive, I have never been able to buy real ones and always picked out pictures from calendars or bought them as posters. I have always had Monet on my walls as I like his flowers and landscapes, and I could usually find a Monet calendar from which I could retrieve pictures. I tried having Munch's "the Scream" on the wall as I had found it at a poster sale in Cambridge when I was a student there, but I got too depressed from it and had to take it down. All the paintings I got as postcards look really nice when framed, and they really brighten up my mood. What I look at has a large effect on me, I notice. Makes me think that I should have thought about this before, but I haven't seen these paintings as postcards anywhere before. One of my Norwegian favourites is Nikolai Astrup. He is famous for painting lanscapes from the West coast of Norway, which is rich in mountains, fjords and fruit trees. My grandfather was from that region, and I used to go to the home of Astrup as it has been turned into a museum. Doesn't look like Wikipedia shows Astrup's best paintings, or the ones I like best. One gets a better impression of his work here.
When thinking of Norwegian painters, I also think of Adolph Tidemand and Hans Gude who became famous for painting "Bridal Procession on the Hardanger". It's an example of romantic nationalism and was used to further the process of gaining political independence from our dear neighbours, the Swedes, who had been given Norway at the "Kiel Treaty". The word union always make people in Norway cringe and think of those horrible days of Danish and Swedish rule. For this reason, nationalism is still a positive word in Norway, unlike in many other European countries. We're not part of the EU as around 70-80% of the population is aginst entering into a union with the (assumed corrupt) European continent. Our dedicated politicians have still signed us on to the madness that is the EU through the European Economic Area agreement, and so we have to accept all rules and regulations passed by the unelected bureaucrats down in Brussels.One of the more recent Norwegian painters, who have been hard to avoid noticing, is Odd Nerdrum. As I am not in the know about art, I never really understood much about him. He has appeared a lot in the media, but has seemingly been portrayed as a bit of an oddity, and lately also as a criminal since he allegedly committed tax fraud. From reading his Wikipedia page, I learn that Nerdrum has critiqued modernism, claiming it suffocates and impairs the freedom of painted art. I think I now understand why he has been given so much bad press. Recently, in 2017, Nerdrum was pardoned and relieved from having to serve time for the alleged tax fraud.
Quiz: Can you spot the Munch painting? Solutions are here. If you think you know Norwegian painters quite well, you can try to guess at the others as well, but for my international readers, these painters may be unfamiliar.
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