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Halfdan Egedius

Moving storm, Telemark

Moving storm, Telemark

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About the original: Date: (1896)

Other titles: Approaching Storm (ENG)

Designation: Painting

Material and technique: Oil on canvas

Technique: Oil

Material: Canvas

Dimensions: 63.5 x 79.5 cm

Subject: Visual arts

Classification: 532 - Visual arts

Acquisition: Purchased 1899

Inventory no.: NG.M.00506

Part of exhibition: Nature's mirror. Nordic landscape painting 1840-1910, 2007

Then Dahl and Munch. Romanticism, realism and symbolism in Norwegian landscape painting, 2001 - 2002

Im Lichte des Nordens. Scandinavian Painting at the Turn of the Century, 1986 - 1987

Dreams of a summer night. Scandinavian painting at the turn of the century, 1986

Landschaft als Kosmos der Soule. Malerei des nordischen Symbolismus bis Munch, 1998

Nature's mirror. Nordic landscape painting 1840-1910, 2006

Nature's mirror. Nordic landscape painting 1840-1910, 2006 - 2007

A Mirror of Nature. Nordic Landscape Painting 1840-1910, 2007

Nordic moods. Nordic painting at the turn of the century, 1987

Montagna. Arte, scienza, mito da Dürer a Warhol, 2003 - 2004

Registration level: Single object

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

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Egedius Halfdan

Halfdan Egedius (1877-1899) was a Norwegian visual artist, painter and draftsman. He distinguished himself by "skipping" the usual period between the ages of 4 and 14 when all children draw in the same way. Egedius instead began to draw "adult" drawings already at the age of five and was particularly interested in animals, which he drew as accurately and lifelike as possible. He was also very musical, and music always created an atmosphere in him and provided inspiration for his art.

At Bergslien's painting school, Egedius astounded with his extraordinary talent for drawing as early as nine years old. He made strikingly mature painted studies and characteristic portraits of his siblings and himself, often in charcoal. He was also an avid reader and illustrated all his impressions, even in complicated and detailed compositions. Egedius was inspired by the landscape and people of Telemark when he first visited the area in 1892, and he always returned there. He painted a number of oil paintings and drawings, including animal studies and landscape sketches.

In 1893, he painted his first masterpiece, Saturday Night, which shows two boys going on a night out on a June night. The picture is an example of the picturesque program launched by "Fleskumgruppen": the mood landscape. Egedius' art was characterized by a clear musical quality with rhythm, composition and a sense of spaces and intervals. His early death at the age of 21 prevented him from completing several of his works, but his art has nevertheless had a lasting influence on Norwegian art history.