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Erik Werenskiold. 1855–1938

Exhibition catalogue
Contributors: Øystein Ustvedt, Nils Ohlsen, Øystein Sjåstad, Ellen Lerberg, Erik Mørstad and Erik Werenskiold
Editors: Øystein Ustvedt and Marianne Yvenes
240 pages. Norwegian and English text
ISBN 978-82-8154-058-3
Price: NOK 198

Erik Werenskiold is one of the painters of the golden age of Norwegian art. His production spans numerous decades and focuses on the political, social and ideological conflicts of the time. The exhibition is intended to provide insight into Werenskiold’s extensive efforts as an artist and discuss different aspects of his artistic activity. The artwork and the catalogue’s texts range from historicising figure paintings in the 1870s and naturalism in painting in the 1880s through mood-based painting in the 1890s to decorative surface art at the turn of the century. A subsequent period shows a marked interest in Paul Cézanne’s art, the New Objectivity in the 1920s and socially committed tendentious art in the 1930s. The presentation contains both paintings and drawings.