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Gerhard Munthe

Farm garden Ulvin

Farm garden Ulvin

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The viewer is naturally led into the picture from the tree and bush on the left, via the tilted horse towards the man by the house. The gaze is directed further to the sunlit short side of the house and we can just make out the outhouse on the far left. The color scheme is muted, with an emphasis on shades of green in the vegetation and gray in the house's exterior walls.

As a young art student in Munich in the 1870s, Munthe decided to depict the landscape that he knew from his childhood in Eastern Norway. Here he found his

motifs in an undramatic and calm cultural landscape characterized by human activity. Many of the pictures have an element of everyday poetry and are often characterized by an intimate and peaceful atmosphere. Inspired by French plein air painting, Munthe became one of the first Norwegian artists to consistently work outdoors, with a realistic rendering of the subject. After he moved from Munich back to Norway in 1882, he often visited the villages of Hedmark to paint. He found the motif for Bondehagen on the farm Ulvin on the slopes down towards Mjøsa.

Gerhard Munthe was a very versatile artist who left his mark as a painter, illustrator, designer and writer. His art follows the development from realism, through neo-romanticism to symbolism.

Text: Frithjof Bringager

From "Highlights. Art from Antiquity to 1945", The National Museum 2014, ISBN 978-82-8154-084-2

Date: 1889

Other titles: At the Farm, Ulvin (ENG)

Designation: Painting

Material and technique: Oil on canvas

Technique: Oil

Material: Canvas

Dimensions: 127.5 x 156.1 cm

Subject: Visual arts

Classification: 532 - Visual arts

Acquisition: Gift from Olaf Schou 1909

Inventory no.: NG.M.00825

Part of exhibition: Art 3. Works from the collection 1814-1950, 2007 - 2011

The dance of life. The collection from antiquity to 1950, 2011 - 2019

The 1880s in Nordic painting, 1985 - 1986

The 1880s in Nordic painting, 1986

The 1880s in Nordic painting, 1986

The 1880s in Nordic painting, 1985

Registration level: Single object

Owner and collection: The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Visual Art Collections

Photo: Lathion, Jacques

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Gerhard Munthe

Gerhard Munthe was a Norwegian artist who was known as a landscape painter, draftsman, decorative artist and art writer. He was a rare combination of intellectual and emotional qualities, and his great labor was reflected in his works. He was a representative of the style development in Norwegian painting from approx. 1870 to early 20th century, and his decorative art from the 1890s was influenced by European Art Nouveau and Symbolism.

Munthe grew up on the doctor's farm Alfheim in Elverum, where his father was a district doctor. He was one of 13 siblings and experienced a strong inner unity. Munthe developed an interest in drawing at a young age, and he was also fascinated by nature and folk life on the homesteads. He went to school in Christiania from 1863, and the holiday trips to Elverum and a trip to his uncle in Sogn in 1869 gave him practice in observing nature and the landscape, which laid the foundation for his later career as a naturalistic landscape painter. At first, Munthe had intended to follow in his father's footsteps and become a doctor. He took the examen artium in 1868 and the "second exam" in 1869, but at this crucial moment his father intervened and suggested that he should try his "vocation as an artist". Munthe visited the landscape painter JF Eckersberg, who ran a painting school in Christiania. Eckersberg encouraged him to follow his passion, and Munthe continued as his pupil until 1874. After Eckersberg's death in 1870, Morten Müller and Knud Bergslien took over the school.

Munthe traveled to Düsseldorf in the autumn of 1874 to visit his distant relative Ludvig Munthe, who was recognized as a landscape painter. This stay inspired him to paint, and he painted a large painting called "Folk som ryrder Nyland" (1876). After a year at home, Munthe applied for the State's travel grant to travel abroad for further education. He wanted to go to Paris, but due to the high cost of renting studios and models, he went to Munich instead. Munthe became a leading figure in the artistic milieu in Munich. He was chairman of the Nordic Association there in 1878–79, and he became friends with Erik Werenskiold, another distinct type of leader. He did not take part in any teaching at the Academy of Arts, but orientated himself in the museums. In Munich he painted over 70 oil paintings, almost all of which were composed on the basis of Norwegian studies. They are often dark-voiced and have an elongated format with a poetic undertone.