Harald Sohlberg: Painting Norway

13 February–2 June 2019

Exhibition Overview

Harald Sohlberg, Summer Night, 1899. The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Norway.

Harald Sohlberg, one of Norway's greatest painters, created works that evoke the wilderness of the Nordic landscape, the softness of its flower fields and the harsh beauty of its winters. This spring, the first major UK exhibition of Sohlberg's works comes to Dulwich Picture Gallery, celebrating 150 years since the artist's birth. With close to 100 works, we showcase the breadth and ambiguity of his paintings, and their enduring relevance in today's world.

This major retrospective will show the breadth and ambiguity of Sohlberg’s art whilst revealing its relevance beyond Norway’s borders. It will trace Sohlberg’s entire artistic career, from his earliest production as a twenty-year-old in 1889 through to the last year of his life and reveal influences such as Norwegian Naturalism and Symbolism, which he was exposed to during his training in Copenhagen and Christiania. The exhibition will include Sohlberg’s iconic landscape, Winter Night in the Mountains, regarded as the ‘National Painting of Norway’ and the enchanting Fisherman's Cottage.

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