Fjord Paintings

Fjord Paintings and National Icons

Adolph Tidemand and Hans Gude together created one of the lasting icons of Norwegian National Romanticism - the "Brudeferden i Hardanger" or translated "The Bridal Party on the Hardanger Fjord".

Tidemand painted the people in the boat on their way to a wedding, Gude provided the spectacular panorama of nature in the Western Norwegian landscape where the boat glides slowly over the fjord with the green water from the glacier.

The stave church is seen in the distance.

It is said that the world famous Norwegian violinist, Ole Bull, was the fiddler portrayed in the painting.

Hardanger is considered typical of the Norwegian Fjord Landscape. The Hardanger Fjord is one of the largest and most magnificent arms of the ocean cutting far inland from the Norwegian coast.

The fjord has for hundreds of years been the transportation route connecting the town of Bergen and the villages inland in the landscape. It has also been the main route between the Western capital city Bergen, and the eastern capital city, Oslo.

As the paintings would suggest, Hardanger contains a rich heritage of ancient folk traditions.

"By the fjord" from a painting by Hans Dahl

Below: Fjordlandscape, by Hans Andreas Dahl (Hans Dahl's son who was also a painter)





Hans Dahl was a Norwegian painter known for his fjord images. He was born in the village of Granvin, on the Hardangerfjord, in the county of Hordaland in Norway.

His talent was evident early when he was 16 years old. But it was only after service in the Swedish army that Dahl received artistic education.

Hans Dahl was educated first to become an officer. He served in the Bergenske Brigade until 1874. After leaving the army, he apprenticed with Johan Fredrik Eckersberg and Knud Bergslien.

In Karlsruhe he studied under Hans Fredrik Gude and Wilhelm Riefstahl.

He came into his own when he ventured on to Düsseldorf, where his teachers included Eduard von Gebhardt and Wilhelm Sohn.

His art became associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting, which was characterized by finely detailed yet still fanciful landscapes.

He was prolific in terms of the number of fjord paintings bearing his signature, the landscapes from his native fjords.

His paintings captured the stunning beauty of the Norwegian fjords and the people that lived on their shores. His contemporary critics were not always kind, but recently his paintings have commanded more respect.



A Fjord Scene
A Fjord Scene
Normann, Adelsteen
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Friendly Gossips, 1889
Friendly Gossips, 1889
Thaulow, Fritz
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At the Waters Edge
At the Waters Edge
Krohg, Christian
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Hardanger Fjord
Hardanger Fjord
Dahl, Hans
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Four 
Girls on a Bridge
Four Girls on a Bridge
Munch, Edvard
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Beautiful Journey, Off Bergen, Norway
Beautiful Journey, Off Bergen, Norway
Dahl, Hans
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