Wednesday 3rd March – Painting the Land of the Midnight Sun: Norway’s Golden Age of Painting

Painting the Land of the Midnight Sun:
Norway’s Golden Age of Painting

The North Cape, 1853

The North Cape, 1853
Peder Balke

Metropolitan Museum of Art,
New York
Image in the public domain

Wednesday 3rd March 2021

Stella Grace Lyons

The late 19th century marked a defining moment in Norwegian art as romantic painters began to turn to their own land for inspiration, painting the stormy seas, towering glaciers and raw, untamed landscapes of their homeland. They included Peder Balke, who captured the far north with drama and romance, and Nikolai Astrup, who depicted the landscape as a mythical and eerie entity.

Stella Grace Lyons is a freelance lecturer, a lecturer in art history at the University of South Wales, and an artist’s model for the figurative artist Harry Holland.

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