The Norway of Harald Sohlberg

The Norway of Harald Sohlberg
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Rural landscapes and sunny fjords, mountains illuminated by the moon and picturesque cities covered in snow. While characterised by the absence of figures, the nature of Sohlberg is rife with poignant human narratives. It was in the villages, nestled in the nature of Norway, that the artist from Oslo found his voice. Such as in the tiny mining town of Røros which dominates the mountain plains of central Norway, with its colourful wooden homes in net contrast to the glimmering white snow. A perfect example of the artist’s approach to painting, focused on the importance of colour and symbolism, along with an unwavering passion for the nordic landscape. To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Sohlberg, the Dulwich Picture Gallery reunites over 90 works, along with archival material, to retrace his artistic career, from his first work as a twenty-year-old back in 1889, to the very last work of his life. The exhibition follows the lengthy artistic career of the painter influenced by Norwegian Naturalism and Neo-Romanticism. From Fisherman's Cottage, on loan from the Art Institute of Chicago - probably his most ambitious work and considered the “national painting of Norway" - to Winter Night in the Mountains, the itinerary offers a rich gamma of work by the artist from Oslo who, while at the art school of Kristian Zahrtmann in Copenaghen, discovered the work of Paul Gauguin and other Symbolist artists.
Samantha De Martin - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London