Collection: Per Krohg

Per Krohg was a Norwegian painter with a varied artistry and several large decoration commissions. He already showed a distinct artistic talent as a child during his upbringing in Paris. He was a pupil of his father at the Académie Colarossi from 1903 to 1907, and from 1909 to 1910 he was a pupil of Henri Matisse.

Krohg was influenced by Cubism and Jens Ferdinand Willumsen's dynamic style, which taught him to find the core of the motifs and give them a clear schematic and decorative structure. The world of the stage also captivated him and influenced both his perception of space and his view of people as expressive actors. Krohg made a name for himself as a newspaper cartoonist at a very young age. He made early pictures that showed his whimsically whimsical, imaginative and whimsical style, such as "An Accident" (1912), "The Grenade" (1917) and "Woodcutters" (1922). Especially in the 1920s, he created a series of pictures with a freer and richer painterly effect, such as "The arrival of the camels at Nefta" (1924), the imaginative "The Sailor between Scylla and Charybdis" (1927) and the monumental and moody painting of Paris- the model Kiki (1928).

The National Museum/National Gallery in Oslo owns "Hundeslagsmål" (1927) and "Perlehandleren" (1928). Of Krohg's many portraits, which often had sharply pointed characteristics, mention can be made of the portrait of Sven Elvestad (circa 1911), and the malicious ones of Maurice Bedel (1927) and minister Fritz Wedel Jarlsberg (1930), his wife Ragnhild (1931), Hans Jacob Nilsen (1939) and government attorney Kristen Johanssen (1943). After his return to Norway in 1930, the native nature, flora and fauna took a wider place in his art (Rimfrost 1933, Frognerjordet 1940). Krohg made his debut as a monumental painter with the frescoes in the Seamen's School in Oslo (1921–1924), where he showed his ability to be inspired by difficult spaces. He created new decorative works, such as "Nature" in the Hersleb school (1927), which had an enjoyable dimensional contrast between the huge insects in the foreground and the tiny people in the background. He also painted "Sarpsfossen" for the press exhibition in Cologne in 1928 and decorated the Grand Café in Oslo. Per Krohg was the son of Oda Krohg and Christian Krohg.

Collection: Per Krohg

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