Harriet Backer, the discovery of color

Harriet Backer, the discovery of color
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Big in Norway, unknown in Europe. Yet Harriet Backer was a true celebrity in 19th century Oslo, a woman painter acclaimed for her rich, luminous use of color and her personal style of blending interior scenes and outdoor painting. A member of the board of directors and the acquisitions committee of the Norwegian National Gallery for twenty years, in the early 1890s she opened a painting school where she taught some of the most important artists of the generation that followed, including Nikolai Astrup, Halfdan Egedius and Helga Ring Reusch. Although Backer's painting evolved considerably in stylistic terms over the course of her long career, the Norwegian painter remained faithful to a limited number of subjects and studies of her motifs were an integral part of her work. After having recounted in detail her artistic training in the great cultural capitals of the time, including Munich and Paris, the exhibition also presents the work of the artists of her close circle: Scandinavian women also educated in Europe and who shared her commitment to feminism.

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