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View of a Fjord by Adelsteen Normann

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Grand mountains frame a Norwegian fjord in this oil by Adelsteen Normann

Key Features

  • This majestic landscape was painted by Norwegian artist Adelsteen Normann
  • Entitled View of a Fjord, this stunning scene captures rustic life protected by a range of mountains
  • Signed "A. Normann" (bottom left)
  • Circa 1880
  • Canvas: 26" high x 37 1/4" wide; Frame: 31" high x 43" wide

Item Details

  • Width:
    C: 37 1/4; F: 26 Inches
  • Height:
    C: 26; F: 31 Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
  • Subject:
  • Artist:
    Normann, Adelsteen
Adelsteen Normann
 1848-1918 Norwegian

View of a Fjord

Signed "A. Normann" (bottom left)
Oil on canvas

Adelsteen Normann was a keen chronicler of Norwegian life along the country's famed fjords, which provided him with a lifetime's inspiration. In his paintings, civilization is often dwarfed by a majestic, almost overpowering landscape. In View of a Fjord, the rocky cliffs meet a bright expanse of sky, sheltering the fragile life below. The relationship between the people of this region and the grand natural world they inhabited was a common theme in Normann's work. Like an Impressionist, he was also very interested in capturing the physical atmosphere of the land. His paintings reflect a fascination with the play of light on snow, in the difference between sunlight and moonlight on snow, and its different appearance and feeling during the various seasons.

Adelsteen Normann was born in Bodo, Norway and died in Oslo. He started his working life in business, but gave this up before he was 20 and went to study painting in Düsseldorf. He worked there from 1869 to 1873 with the well-known charismatic Russian professor Eugen Ducker, who encouraged him in his imaginative treatment of landscape.

Normann was almost exclusively a landscape painter. Under the influence of Ducker, Normann produced his most inspired Norwegian scenes. He loved the fjords, and put most of his efforts into attempting to recreate the atmosphere of these picturesque areas. He admired Norwegian rural life and the harmony it seemed to have with the surrounding landscape. Paintings of fishermen, peasants and small villages set against the snow are typical Normann subjects. He also appreciated and depicted modern life in Norwegian fjord communities, with big steamers and great tourist boats. In fact, his work did much to increase the tourist traffic to Norway.

Normann's work was very much appreciated during his lifetime. He exhibited in Berlin, Vienna, London, Düsseldorf and Munich. He also exhibited at the Salon in Paris from 1882, where he received a Mention Honorable in 1884 and the bronze medal in 1889.

Circa 1880 

Canvas: 26" high x 37 1/4" wide
Frame: 31" high x 43" wide 

Artist's Museums:

Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 1976, E. Bénézit
Painting by William Bouguereau

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