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Erik Werenskiøld

Born: Vinger, 1 February 1855
Died: Oslo, 23 November 1938
Nationality: Norwegian

with Julius Middelthun (1873-75, Christiania/Oslo); Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich (1876-79); with Léon Bonnat (1881-83, Paris)


1878 – meets editor and collector Peter Christien Asbjørnsen in Munich; contributes illustrations to Asbjørnsen’s collection of Norwegian fairy tales (1879)

1883 – returns to Norway; begins painting ethnographic themes

1890s – artistic editor/contributor to illustrated edition of Snorre Sturlasons’s sagas of the Norse kings (1896-99)

1917 – begins producing lithographs; publishes Art, Struggle, Culture [Kunst, kamp, kultur]


Munich (1876-81); Paris (1881-83, late 1880s; 1908); Berlin (1905) 

Commissions from: 

explorer Fridtjof Nansen

Important Artworks: 

From Telemark, 1883 (The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo)

Landscape with Haymaker, 1893 (The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo)