In this distant corner of Europe, many visitors find more high culture than they expect. Norway’s National Gallery showcases that powerful beauty of this country’s landscape in people as portrayed by its great painters. A thoughtful visit here gives those heading into the mountains Fjord country a chance to pack along a little better understanding of Norway cultural soul.
Landscapes have always played an important role in Norwegian art , there are many masterpieces from 19tj century during the Romantic period which stressed the power and beauty of nature. There are many painting painted by Johan Christian Dahl that epitomize the Norwegian closeness to nature, romantic revels in the power of the great outdoors.
In the mid 19th century Norwegians were awakening to their national identity. There are also 19th and 20th Century International paintings by Armand Guillaumin, Carl Sohn, Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet (“Rainy Day,Etretat”), Paul Cézanne, and Pablo Picasso. There are also Norwegian paintings by Adolph Tidemand, Hans Gude, Harriet Backer, and Lars Jorde.
Edvard Munch is Norway’s most famous and influential painter . There is a self-portrait of him, where you can see a complex and troubled artist. Munch help pioneer a new style –expressionism using lurid colors and bold lines to express inner turmoil in the angst of the modern world.
The Scream Munch’s most iconic work, the figure seems isolated from the people on the bridge locked up in himself, unable to stifle his scream. The painting is the work of a madman. It is expressionist masterpiece and a breakthrough painting showing angst personified.
A modest art museum, compared with other European and American ones. Founded in 1837, the National Gallery houses Norway’s largest public collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures. If you only do one thing in Oslo, you should really visit the Gallery, just to see The Scream, but there’s much more than just that work of art. There really is a fantastic collection here – just look at the photos for a selection.