Arts Everyday Living: Artists of the Northern Light—Tale of a Summer Romance?

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Richard Bergh, Nordic Summer Evening, 1899-1900, oil on canvas, Goteborgs Konstsmuseum, Sweden

Richard Bergh, Nordic Summer Evening, 1899-1900, oil on canvas, Goteborgs Konstsmuseum, Sweden

You probably know Norwegian master Edvard Munch’s The Scream and a number of his other works, but have you heard of other Scandinavian artists Richard Bergh, Peder Severin Kroyer or Akseli Gallen-Kallela?  Bergh (1858-1919), a contemporary of Munch, traveled to the island of Lidingo off the coast of his native Sweden, where he created the magical Nordic Summer Evening around the end of the nineteenth century. Earlier in his career, Bergh had studied in Paris and been influenced by the artistic movements of Realism and Impressionism. However in this painting, he has returned to his northern roots and the transforming power of the “midnight sun.”

 

Source on Richard Bergh is Northern Light by Kirk Varnedoe, published by Yale University Press, New Haven, Connecticut, 1988.

 

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