Art is everywhere … in nature, in architecture, in literature, and more. It’s anywhere we see beauty and meaning. — Michelle W.
In this week’s photo challenge, Michelle encourages us to “show … a thing, place, or person that’s a work of art to you.”
The logical “artistic slant” I think of first is music — specifically, Norway’s composers and how living in Norway has helped me understand the influence of the environment on their music. But I’ve already shared that perspective, and it’s not really “photo challenge” friendly!
During my research for my Sandviken post, I discovered that a favorite French Impressionistic painter, Claude Monet, had painted that area of Bergen. It got me thinking of favorite Norwegian painters whose painting style and subjects intrigue me. There’s quite a few; I’ve been planning to share thoughts about (and images of) their interpretations of Norway. This challenge came along at the perfect time to kick-start my research!
So many to choose from, but I’ll start with Anders Askevold. First, a little about him from Wikipedia:
Anders Askevold (25 December 1834 – 22 October 1900) was a Norwegian landscape painter … His early training started at the age of thirteen in Bergen …educated as a painter in Düsseldorf, but continued his studies in Paris and Munich … He was known as a member of the Düsseldorf school of painting … From 1861 to 1866 he was in Paris. In 1866 Askevold moved back to Norway and settled in Bergen. After this he moved back to Düsseldorf where he would spend his winters in Germany and his summers in Norway. Askevold did some commissions for churches in Norway … His paintings were shown at numerous international exhibitions, including world exhibitions in London, Paris, Vienna, and Philadelphia.
The reason why I thought of this particular artist for this particular challenge? One of his paintings from 1888, Utsikt fra Stalheim (View from Stalheim), is painted from the exact perspective from which I took a photo during a June 2006 visit:
I have to admit that when I first saw the painting — and remembered the moment I took my photo — it was a bit of a WOW moment!
Have you ever taken a photo and then discovered a painter had also captured that same perspective? Are you taking part in this week’s photo challenge? I’d love to read your thoughts and see your post; link up below!