Wednesday

'The Artist's Sister', 1899


by Carl Wilhelmson (1866–1928)

Hotel Mindresunde, Norway


Hotel Mindresunde ca. 1910. 
Photo by Jens K. Maurseth


Hotel Mindresunde by the Strynevatnet lake, Norway was built in the 1880s. 
In 1920 the hotel was turned into an agricultural school. In 1951 the school 
 moved to a different location, and the former hotel/school building was 
demolished. Today there is a camping ground at Mindresunde. 


  
 Hotel Mindresunde, ca. 1900-1922.
Photo by Knut Aaaning

Forest Children baby rattle


Inspired by Elsa Beskow's beloved children's book 'Children of the Forest', 
this baby rattle is a simple imagination piquing toy for any child. Very firmly 
needle felted of pure wool. Approximately 12,5 cm/5" tall

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Ivar Arosenius (1878-1909)


The Princess, 1907
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The Saga Princess


Island of Happiness, 1902


Princess in the Countryside, Normandy


The Death of Death, 1903


Figures

Olof Sager-Nelson (1868-96)


The sculptor Pierre Fix-Masseau as Christ


Girl in Flower Meadow, 1889


Young Girl

Monday

Anna Ancher turns 155 years today...


Self-Portrait, ca. 1877-78
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Anna Ancher (18 August 1859-15 April 1935) was a Danish artist associated 
with the Skagen Painters, an artists' colony in the very north of Jutland. She born in Skagen,
 the daughter of Erik Andersen Brøndum (1820–1890) and Ane Hedvig Møller (1826–1916).
She was the only one of the Skagen Painters who was actually born and grew up in Skagen,
where her father owned the Brøndums Hotel. The artistic talent of Anna Ancher
became obvious at an early age, and she grew acquainted with pictorial
art via the many artists who settled to paint in Skagen.
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Anna with her mother Mrs. Brøndum
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In Christmas Day 1900, Michael Ancher painted Anna and her 
female relatives in the dining room of Brøndum's hotel. Anne Ancher 
to the right next to her daughter Helga. From the left to right:
Marie, Hulda, and Ane Hedvig Brøndum
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Sunshine in the Blue Room, 1891
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Baby Brother
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Anna Ancher in a studio, before 1935
Photo: Anna Knudstrup (1884-1959)
The Royal Library, Denmark

While she studied drawing for three years at the Vilhelm Kyhn College of Painting 
in Copenhagen, she developed her own style and was a pioneer in observing the  interplay 
of different colors in natural light. She also studied drawing in Paris at the atelier of  
Pierre Puvis de Chavannes along with Marie Triepcke, who would marry  
Peder Severin Krøyer, another Skagen painter. In 1880 she married 
fellow painter Michael Ancher, whom she met in Skagen. They had 
one child, daughter Helga Ancher. Despite pressure from society 
that married women should devote themselves to household 
duties, she continued painting after marriage


Anna and Michael Ancher

Anna Ancher was considered to be one of the great Danish pictorial 
 artists by virtue of her abilities as a character painter and colorist. Her art found 
its expression in Nordic art's modern breakthrough towards a more truthful depiction 
of reality Ancher preferred to paint interiors and simple themes from the everyday 
lives of the Skagen people, especially fishermen, women and children
 
 
Harvesters, 1905
 
 
Portrait of Anna Ancher, before 1933
Photo: Frederik Riise (1863-1933)
 
 
Head study for 'A Sewing Girl's Head, Ane'


The Fisherman's Wife Sewing, 1890


Young Mother with her Child

Who doesn't know Karl Johans gate?



Karl Johans gate is the main street of the city of Oslo, Norway. 
The street was named in honor of King Charles III John, who was also 
King of Sweden as Charles XIV John. In its current route, it connects Oslo Central Station
the main railroad station in Oslo, and the Royal Palace. The route changes its direction and 
width slightly halfway between these two points, at Egertorget, a square at the intersection 
of Karl Johans gate and Øvre Slottsgate. This is the highest point and, here, both ends of 
the street may be seen. The street is 1,020 metres long; in addition there are 300 metres 
 of direct extensions, Palace Hill (Slottsbakken) and Palace Place (Slottsplassen).


Fountain Karl Johans Gate  


Scating in Spikersuppa Oslo
Photo by  Bjørn Erik Pedersen


Karl Johan, 1880s


Karl Johan, ca. 1890-1900. Photographer unknown 

The wider western section was built during the 1840s as an avenue connecting
the newly erected Norwegian Royal Palace with the rest of the city. In 1852, it was named
Karl Johans gate in honor of the recently deceased king. His equestrian statue, by sculptor Brynjulf
Bergslien, was later erected during 1875 in front of the Royal Palace. When the Norwegian parliament
building was completed in 1866 at the junction of the two formerly separate streets,
the two streets were joined and the whole length was named Karl Johans gate


Karl Johan, 1942
Deutsches Bundesarchiv

Norwegian street photos by Størmer


 Photo from the Norwegian street Karl Johan, 1890s 

I found the photos here


Victoria Terrace Oslo, 1890s


Photo from the Norwegian street Karl Johan, 1890s 


Lucy Reimers and Ms. Nilsen, 1890s


Photo from the Norwegian street Karl Johan, 1890s 


Photo from the Norwegian street Karl Johan, 1890s  


Outside Oslo University, 1890s


Artist Signe Hvistendahl. 1890s

Venetsialaiset - the end of summer festive


Venetsialaiset - Venetian Night Festival, a traditional Finnish proms to celebrate the 
end of summer, a historical remain from when people left their summer villas 
and returned to the towns. Celebrated in the last week of August. 
Bonfires are lit up along the Finnish coastline

 From Kokkola situated half-way up the west coast of Finland
Photo by Kokkolan Matkailu Oy


Photo by Tero Hongisto

Finnish beast ring


This fantastic animal was carved on the hilt of an ancient sword found 
 in Suontake, Finland. It recalls the golden age of the Northmen's culture 
and their powerful and mysterious mythology. Silver or gold.

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Saturday

Anders Montan (1845–1917)


Woman with Coffee Cup

Coffee and cake tea towel


 This charming, vintage print tea towel is designed by 
Swedish artist Louise Fougstedt

Size: approx 47 cm x 70 cm/19" x 28"
Material: linen union (55% linen / 45% cotton)

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Alfhild Björklund, 1948