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Norwegian artist displays in London. A large Peder Balke exhibition opens at the National Gallery, Wednesday, in his bicentennial year. Balke (1804-87) is the second Norwegian artist who gets a special exhibition at this gallery, the first being Edvard Munch (1864-1944). The poor boy from Helgøya in eastern Norway’s Hedmark County was a forgotten artist for more than a century. 

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Norwegian artist displays in London

Published on Tuesday, 11th November, 2014 at 20:42 under the news category, by Manisha Choudhari.

A large Peder Balke exhibition opens at the National Gallery, Wednesday, in his bicentennial year.

From Hammerfest
Norway's Peder Balke traveled to Northern Norway, painting many scenes. This is one of them.From Hammerfest
Photo: Created in 1851/Public Domain


Balke (1804-87) is the second Norwegian artist who gets a special exhibition at this gallery, the first being Edvard Munch (1864-1944).

The poor boy from Helgøya in eastern Norway’s Hedmark County was a forgotten artist for more than a century. 

Now, his art is ready to be displayed before a large and discerning audience in the UK capital. Thus, Peder Balke finally gets his international launch 210 years after his birth.

Norwegian art historian Marit Lange tells NRK that she is very excited about how Peder Balke will be received in London.

“He has a unique position in Norwegian painting and is undisputedly one of our most original painters. He painted with broad brushes, big strokes, few colours, and his art has an expressive power that is far easier to accept today than it was in his time.”

The exhibition is a joint collaboration between the National Gallery and Tromsø’s Northern Norway Art Museum in Troms County.

On display at London’s National Gallery are Balke’s famous paintings he created on his travels to Northern Norway.

According to staff at the art institution in London’s Trafalgar Square, “Balke was one of the first artists to venture to the vast, untrodden plains of the North Cape where he was overwhelmed by “opulent beauties of nature and locations delivered to the eye and the mind.””

“With depictions of stormy seas, towering glaciers and threatening skies, the majority of which have never been seen before in the UK, Peder Balke reveals and celebrates the work of an artist who is only now being recognised as one of the forerunners of modernism.”

Christopher Riopelle, curator of the exhibition for the English part of the collaborative effort, thinks of Balke as an innovative artist.

“Peder Balke is a most original artist of his time. We think he will be a bit of a new discovery for the British public,” he says to NRK.

Some fifty paintings will be displayed at the exhibition. It opens to the general public on Wednesday 12th November and lasts until 15th April 2015.



Published on Tuesday, 11th November, 2014 at 20:42 under the news category, by Manisha Choudhari.

This post has the following tags: art, london, norway.





  
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