Christian Krohg. Bilder som griper

Exhibition catalogue
Contributors: Vibeke Waallann Hansen, Nils Ohlsen, Erik Mørstad, Terje Borgersen and Trond E. Aslaksby
Editors: Vibeke Waallann Hansen, Erik Mørstad, Birgitte Sauge and Marianne Yvenes
208 pages
Norwegian and English text
ISBN 978-82-8154-067-5
Price: NOK 249

Christian Krohg was a key figure in Norwegian art during the 1880s and 1890s, and was strongly influenced by the ideology of realism. Art should be for a wide audience, not just as a wall decoration for the bourgeoisie. Three types of motif in particular recur in Krohg’s art during this period: the labourer-hero, scenes of family life and “the fallen woman”. His literary and pictorial depiction of the fate of young, destitute Albertine garnered widespread interest. His portrayal of working-class people in paintings such as Errand boy drinking coffee and Wife cutting bread displayed great empathy. The Gaihede family, a fisherman’s family from Skagen, is portrayed in countless everyday situations. Krohg painted his own family as well. The catalogue examines the themes in the exhibition, Krohg’s time in Berlin as a student and how it influenced him, his relationship with Georg Brandes, the novel Albertine, and Krohg’s use of photography as a medium.