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Winter in the forest

Winter in the forest

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About the original:

Date: (1899)

Other titles: Winter in the Woods (ENG)

Designation: Painting

Material and technique: Oil on cardboard

Technique: Oil

Material: Cardboard

Dimensions: 60.5 x 90 cm

Subject: Visual arts

Classification: 532 - Visual arts

Motif: Landscape

Motive type Landscape

Acquisition: Purchased 1901

Inventory no.: NG.M.00570

Part of exhibition: Ausstellung Edvard Munch, 1954

Visions you north. Lumière du monde, lumière du ciel, 1998

Funen Stiftsmuseum's Edvard Munch exhibition, 1955

Ausstellung Edvard Munch, 1955

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

Luz del Norte / Llum del nord, 1995

Edvard Munch, 2002 - 2003

150 Years of Norwegian Painting, 1964

Edvard Munch and Harald Sohlberg. The landscape of the mind, 1996

The Art Association's Edvard Munch exhibition, 1955

Edvard Munch. Dal realismo all'espressionismo, 1999 - 2000

Edvard Munch, 1984

Munch e lo spirito del Nord. Scandinavia nel secondo Ottocento, 2010 - 2011

Edvard Munch, 1927

The Venice Biennale, 1954

Luz del Norte / Llum del nord, 1995

Nordic Art. The Modern Breakthrough 1860-1920, 2012 - 2013

Edvard Munch. The Frieze of Life, 2004 - 2005

Edvard Munch and Harald Sohlberg. Landscapes of the Mind, 1995 - 1996

Soul pictures. Symbolism in Danish and European painting 1870-1910, 2000 - 2001

The magical north. Finnish and Norwegian art around 1900 (Main title/ applied/ Norwegian), 2015

Registration level: Single object

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

Photo: Børre Høstland/Lathion, Jacques

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Harald Sohlberg

Harald Sohlberg was a Norwegian painter who was central to the breakthrough of neo-romanticism in Norway. He was born in Oslo and had a very distinctive style where he placed great emphasis on drawing and details, while at the same time the pictures were not pure imitations of nature. Sohlberg sought to express his experiences of nature and adapted drawing and colors so that the pictures could convey these experiences. The symmetrical composition he used in many of the pictures helps to bring in a supernatural, almost religious atmosphere.


Sohlberg began his artistic education at the Royal School of Arts and Crafts in 1885, where he was a student up to and including the autumn of 1890. He also had a stay in Slagen by Åsgårdsstrand in 1890, where he was a student of Sven Jørgensen. He then studied under Kristian Zahrtmann in Copenhagen in 1891–1892 and drew for four months at Eilif Peterssen's and Harriet Backer's painting school in 1894.

Known for mood pictures

Sohlberg traveled to Valdres to paint in the summer of 1889, and there he painted a study called Summer evening, a picture with broad brushstrokes and violet tones that emphasize the evening atmosphere. The picture links to the summer night pictures that Kitty Kielland and Eilif Peterssen had painted by Dælivannet in 1886, and shows the interest in conveying the mood of nature which was to become Sohlberg's main interest in the following years.

In 1894, Sohlberg made his debut at the Statens Kunstutstilling (Autumn Exhibition) with the picture Nattegloð (1893), which was to be his artistic breakthrough and was purchased for the National Gallery. The picture has many of the distinctive features and qualities that were to become a hallmark of Sohlberg's art. In 1899, Sohlberg painted Sommernatt, a picture from Nordstrand with a view over the Oslofjord. Sohlberg has sought here to capture the special atmosphere of the Norwegian summer night, and he stylizes the landscape in clean surfaces and clear lines.

Sohlberg is particularly known for atmospheric images such as Summer Night, the cemetery image Night, Flower meadow north, and not least Winter Night in Rondane. He had a significant influence on Norwegian art in the first half of the 20th century, and his style and motifs have inspired many later Norwegian artists.