An exploration of the development of the art scene, its socio-political context, and the role of the fine arts in nineteenth-century Nordic society
This book captures for the first time the full story of Nordic art and its corresponding way of life from 1820 to 1920. Amply illustrated, this publication discusses a wide range of artists, regardless of gender, and how they related to the European art scene. The authors convey the essence of Nordic art by providing insight into the history of public and private collections, art education, artists’ communities, the role of children’s books illustrations, and the identity of emerging national states in Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. A selection of themes are reviewed, including living with nature, everyday life, artists’ portraits, family life, cityscapes, and Nordic mythology.
The publication is edited by two experienced museum professionals from Finland and Sweden, who have published widely on the subject and curated numerous international exhibitions. Contributors include leading experts from all Nordic countries, as well as the UK.
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Part I: Introduction by Susanna Pettersson and Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff
Part II: The Formation of the Nordic Art World
Susanna Pettersson: Public Art Collections, Art Societies and the Story of Art
Nils Ohlsen: The Missing Link of Art History: Private Collectors in 1880-1920
Martin Olin: Art Education in the Nordic Countries
Eva-Lena Bergström: The Nordic and the National in Exhibitions around the Mid-Nineteenth Century
Part III: Artists at Their Work
Marja Lahelma: Nordic Artists’ European Travels, Cultural Encounters, and Networks in the Nineteenth Century
Alexandra Herlitz: Rural Artists’ Colonies and Communities in the North in the Late Nineteenth Century and Early Twentieth century
Tonje Haugland Sørensen: One upon an image – Illustrated children’s books in the Nordic Countries
Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff: Total Work of Art – Artists’ New Ideal?
Part IV: Art, Identities and Public Places
Monica Grini: Sápmi Art
Carina Rech: In Search of an Artistic Identity. The Strategies of Women Artists
Patrik Steorn: The Nude in Nordic Art
Jessica Sjöholm Skrubbe: Public Art
Part V: The Nordic Themes Peter Nørgaard Larsen
Living with Nature
Interiors and Family Life
Urban Life and Cityscapes
Nordic myths and legends
Part VI: The Legacy
Michaela Giebelhausen: In From the Cold: Showing Nordic Art on the International Stage. Exhibitions of Nordic Art and How Nordic Art Was Discovered Internationally in the Early 20th Century and Onwards
Christophe Leribault: Nordic Art and the European Context
Susanna Pettersson & Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff: How the Image of Nordic Art Developed
Susanna Pettersson and Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff are long-term academics and museum professionals in Sweden and Finland. The contributors are leading experts from all the Nordic countries, UK, and France.
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