Famous Norwegian Artists & Painters

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Edvard Munch
(Painter)

Edvard Munch
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Birthdate: December 12, 1863
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ådalsbruk, Norway
Died: 1944 AD

Norwegian painter Edvard Munch is remembered for his iconic works The Scream and The Frieze of Life - A Poem about Life, Love, and Death. His paintings exhibited themes that reflected his own psychological states. He was a significant member of the Symbolism movement but was banned by the Nazi.

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Magne Furuholmen
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Birthdate: November 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

Magne Furuholmen is a Norwegian visual artist and musician known for founding the popular synth-pop band A-ha where he plays the keyboard and guitar. Thanks to the popularity of the band, Furuholmen has achieved international fame. As a songwriter, Furuholmen has delivered hits like Cry Wolf and Manhattan Skyline. He has also held exhibitions across Norway as a visual artist.

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Theodor Kittelsen
(Artist, illustrator)

Theodor Kittelsen
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Birthdate: April 27, 1857
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kragerø, Norway
Died: January 21, 1914

Theodor Kittelsen was a Norwegian artist best remembered for his nature paintings and illustrations of legends and fairy tales, especially of trolls. Widely regarded as one of the most popular Norwegian artists of all time, Kittelsen's art has inspired the cover design of many albums released by famous folk metal and black metal bands like Empyrium, Burzum, Satyricon, and Otyg.

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Odd Nerdrum
(Painter)

Odd Nerdrum
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Birthdate: April 8, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Helsingborg, Sweden

Odd Nerdrum is a Norwegian painter whose figurative artwork is showcased in several museums worldwide. Regarded as one of the greatest contemporary classical figurative painters, Nerdrum is credited with initiating the Kitsch movement. His artwork has inspired several other artworks including a scene from the film The Cell and a dance piece titled The Oracle by Australian choreographer Meryl Tankard.

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Gustav Vigeland
(Sculptor)

Gustav Vigeland
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Birthdate: April 11, 1869
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mandal
Died: March 12, 1943

Gustav Vigeland was a Norwegian sculptor best remembered for his productivity and creative imagination. Apart from designing popular sculptures such as the Vigeland installation in Frogner Park, Vigeland is also credited with designing the Nobel Peace Prize medal. The Vigeland Museum, which is located outside Frogner Park, Oslo, is dedicated to Gustav Vigeland.

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Hans Gude
(Former painter who painted landscapes and who was a proponent of Norwegian National Romanticism)

Hans Gude
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Birthdate: March 13, 1825
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
Died: August 17, 1903

Hans Gude was a Norwegian romanticist painter best remembered for his landscape paintings. Counted among Norway's leading landscape painters along with Johan Christian Dahl, Gude is also considered the backbone of Norwegian National Romanticism. Over the course of his illustrious career, Hans Gude won several honors and medals.

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Peter Nicolai Arbo
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Birthdate: June 18, 1831
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Drammen, Norway
Died: October 14, 1892

Norwegian painter Peter Nicolai Arbo is best known for his illustrations of history books and paintings of Norse mythology. The Wild Hunt and King Sverre’s Escape over Voss Mountains remain 2 of his most popular works. He also painted landscapes such as View of Frognerslot from Skovveien.

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Christian Krohg
(Naturalist painter)

Christian Krohg
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Birthdate: August 13, 1852
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vestre Aker, Oslo
Died: October 16, 1925

Christian Krohg was a Norwegian painter, author, illustrator, and journalist. From 1909 to 1925, he served at the Norwegian Academy of Arts as its first professor, apart from serving as the academy's director. Inspired by realism, Christian Krohg produced several portraits of people including that of his wife Oda Krohg. He received several international and national awards during his career.

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Frits Thaulow
(Painter)

Frits Thaulow
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Birthdate: October 20, 1847
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oslo Christiania, Norway
Died: November 5, 1906

One of the earliest Skagen painters, Norwegian artist Frits Thaulow was a pioneering figure of Impressionist painting in Norway. Best remembered for his marine landscape painting, he later received the French Legion of Honor. Picquigny, Ambiance Du Soir, and Dordrecht remain some of his best-known works.

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Thorbjørn Egner
(Author, Illustrator)

Thorbjørn Egner
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Birthdate: December 12, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
Died: December 24, 1990

Norwegian author Thorbjørn Egner is best remembered for his contribution to children’s literature. Trained as an artist, he initially worked at an advertising firm. He later soared to fame with books such as Karius og Baktus and often illustrated his own works. He has received several awards, such as the Cappelen Prize.

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Admiral P
(Recording Artist)

Admiral P
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Birthdate: March 27, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lusaka, Zambia

Norwegian-Zambian reggae artist Philip Boardman, also known as Admiral P, is now one of Norway’s top solo musicians. He won a Norwegian Grammy for Engel and has his own 9-piece band, The Global Citizen Band. Tracks such as Snakke litt and Kallenavn remain his best-known hits.

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Per Krohg
(Painter)

Per Krohg
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Birthdate: June 18, 1889
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Åsgårdstrand, Norway
Died: March 3, 1965

Per Krohg was a Norwegian artist best remembered for creating the famous UN Security Council mural. The mural has been exhibited in the United Nations headquarters since August 22, 1952. Per Krohg, who taught at the National College of Art and Design and National Art Academy, is credited with teaching artists like Tulla Blomberg Ranslet and Frithjof Tidemand-Johannessen among others.

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Pola Gauguin
(Painter, Biographer, Art critic)

Pola Gauguin
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Birthdate: December 6, 1883
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 2, 1961

Pola Gauguin was a Danish-Norwegian biographer, art critic, and painter. Apart from being a prolific painter, Gauguin was also the founder of his artist school in Oslo. He ran the school till 1924 and then lived through an artistic crisis during the 1920s. The crisis in him found expression through his literary works and he worked for many popular publications.

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Arnulf Øverland
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Birthdate: April 27, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kristiansund, Norway
Died: March 25, 1968

Apart from being a fine poet, Arnulf Øverland was also a talented painter. His politically motivating poems, which inspired people to join the Norwegian resistance movement and oppose Nazism, got him arrested and later sent to a concentration camp. You Must Not Sleep! remains one of his best-known works.

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Lisa Aisato
(Visual artist, illustrator and author of picture books)

Lisa Aisato
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Birthdate: July 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kolbotn, Norway

Lisa Aisato is a Norwegian visual artist, author of picture books, and illustrator. She is best known for her book Odd er et egg which was adapted into an award-winning animated short film titled Odd is an Egg. Lisa Aisato also contributes as an illustrator to newspapers and other authors. In 2019, she was honored with the Norwegian Booksellers' Prize.

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Rolf Nesch
(Artist)

Rolf Nesch
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Birthdate: January 7, 1893
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Germany
Died: October 27, 1975

German-born printmaker Rolf Nesch had spent a while in British prisons for his participation in World War I and moved to Norway during the rise of the Nazis. He was one of the pioneers of the use of metal collage in printmaking and also used wood, glass, and stones in his art.

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Olaf Gulbransson
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Birthdate: May 26, 1873
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
Died: September 18, 1958

One of the first to satirize Adolf Hitler, Norwegian artist and caricaturist Olaf Gulbransson spent a major part of his career in Germany and, interestingly, also supported the Nazis. He was associated with the satirical magazine Simplicissimus and also illustrated books. He lent his name to the prestigious Olaf Gulbransson Prize.