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Lars Jorde

Mesnafoss

Mesnafoss

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About the original:

Date: 1905

Other titles: The Waterfall at Mesna (ENG)

Designation: Painting

Material and technique: Oil on canvas

Technique: Oil

Material: Canvas

Dimensions: 52.5 x 62.5 cm

Subject: Visual arts

Classification: 532 - Visual arts

Motif: Landscape

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

Photo: Børre Høstland

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Lars Jorde

Lars Jorde was a Norwegian painter. Jorde painted landscapes, interiors, cityscapes and portraits. He was a pupil of Gerhard Munthe in 1889, of Alfred Philippe Roll in Paris in 1893, in 1894–96 of Eilif Peterssen's and Harriet Backer's painting school, and then until 1902 studied mainly with Kristian Zahrtmann in Copenhagen and in Italy. Later he lived in Lillehammer. Under the impression of the romantic moods of the 1890s, he initially painted landscapes and interiors in soft, bluish twilight tones such as Christmas Party (1895–1896, National Museum/National Gallery). The encounter with Italy gave his art a stricter attitude, with more emphasis on line than on colour, for example Jysk landscape (1899). Decisive was his impression of French Impressionism in Paris in 1900. From then on, he preferred to paint bright and friendly landscapes, cityscapes and portraits, often with winter motifs. He decorated, among other things, Vingrom's chapel and the altarpiece Jesus' baptism in Sjøli chapel (1925), illustrated Fridtjof Nansen's Fram over polhavet (1897) and Tryggve Andersen's I cancelliraadens dage (1907). The National Museum/National Gallery owns several pictures of him.