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Norwegian Women Painters:

1893 Chicago World's Fair and Exposition


Compiled by K.L. Nichols




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This Page:
Harriet Backer
Mimi Falsen
Kitty Kielland
Oda Krohg
Helga Marie Ring
Agnes Steineger
Marie Tannaes



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Harriet Backer (1845 - 1932)



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Chez Moi 1887
--representative work

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Christening in Tanum Church, Baerum
1892--This image may be the From
Tanum Kirke
painting exhibited in
Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition.


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Landscape
--representative work.

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Landscape from Ulvin
--representative work.


Two of  Norway's greatest women artists were Harriet Backer (impressionist painter) and her sister Agathe Backer Grøndahl (pianist and composer).  Born into a prosperous Oslo family in business,  Harriet Backer studied in all-female private art schools and later in Munich.  Evidently she was known for her interiors and her ecclesiastical pictures of the old Tannum Church in Baerum, Norway.  The art school she established in 1889--Pultosten in Oslo--became the forerunner of the National Art Academy.




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Mimi (Marie Wilhelmine Bolette) Falsen (Gjerdrum) (1861 - 1957)


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Self-portrait --
representative work.


In Thought (image unavailable)--
exhibited in Fine Art Palace, 1893 Exposition.



Mimi Falsen was a Norwegian artist who studied art in Paris at the Académie Colarossi and at the Académie Bouvet with Puvis de Chavannes. Later she continued her studies in Stockholm under Anders Zorn and in Copenhagen under Mils Skovgaard and Viggo Pedersen.  She exhibited often.




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Kitty (Christine) Lange Kielland (1843 - 1914)


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Blomstereng 1877--representative work

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Landscape--representative work.


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Atelier--representative work

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Interiør med rød stol
--representative work.


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Summer's Night 1886--exhibited in
Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition.


The Christiannia Fjord and An Old Bridge in
Norway
(images unavailable)--exhibited
in Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition.



Born in Stavanger, Norway, Kitty Kielland began privately studying art at age thirty in Karlsruhe under Hans Gude because women were not allowed into the usual (all-male) landscape classes.  She received further training in Munich and Paris where she became close friends with impressionist artist Harriet Backer.  Kielland is known for her realistic paintings of the Norwegian coastal region called Jæren.  Her brother, Alexander Kielland, was a well-known author.




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Oda (Othilia Pauline Christine Lasson) Krohg (1860 - 1935)


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Self Portrait--
representative work.


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En abonnent på Aftenposten
[The Evening Post] 1887--
representative work.


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Poor Little One [Christian Krohg and son]
1886--representative work.


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By the Oslofjord
(Japanese lantern)
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representative work.


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Sonnenflecken 1891
--quite possibly "Sun Spots",
which was exhibited in the Fine
Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition.


Summer Evening (image unavailable)--
exhibited in Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition.



Oda Krohg was born in Oslo, Norway.  Her father was a public attorney and her mother's ancestors included a Russian princess, but Oda led a very bohemian life in artistic circles.  After her first marriage to a businessman ended, she began studying with artist Christian Krohg whom she eventually married although the marriage was punctuated with public affairs with various artists such as Munthe.  The Krohgs were also members of the radical socialist "Kristiania-bohemene," a group of upper-class intellectuals, writers, and artists who dealt with controversial issues like urban poverty, prostitution, and sexual bigotry.




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Helga Marie Ring Reusch (1865 - 1944)


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Barne folge--
representative work.

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Gutt Pa Svaberg--
representative work.


Carriage Gentry Passing and Busy
(images unavailable)--exhibited
in Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition.



Helga Ring Reusch was a Norwegian artist who studied with Christian Krohg and, in Paris, with Puvis de Chavannes and Harriet Backer, among others, including a brief stint in Boston. She married geologist Hans Reusch.  No other information available online in English.




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Agnes Steineger (1863 - 1965)


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Still Life--
representative work.


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Portrait 1888--exhibited
in Fine Arts Palace,
1893 Exposition.


Les Nourrissons [The Infants] (image unavailable)--
exhibited in Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition.



Agnes Steineger was born in Bergan, Norway where her father was a merchant. Her mother passed away when Agnes was twelve.  She began studying painting in Bergen with Anders Askevold  and in Munich with the Danish painter Bertha Wegmann, followed by several years at the Académie Colarossi in Paris with Gustave Courtois.  She was active in the Bergen Anthroposophical Society until she was 100 years old.




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Marie (Kathrine Helene) Tannaes (1854 - 1939)


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Frühling Bauernhof--
representative work.

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Interior of Living Room--
representative work.


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Red House in Winter Landscape
--representative work.


Landscape, River, and Winter (images unavailable)
--exhibited in Fine Arts Palace, 1893 Exposition.


Marie Tannaes was born in Oslo and attended the Drawing School in Kristiana where she also studied with several Norwegian artists. Her subsequent studies were in Paris with Gustave Courtois and, later, with Puvis de Chavannes, after which she traveled in Italy. She exhibited her naturalistic landscapes often in Norway, Germany, and France.




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Text written by K. L. Nichols


Painting, top of page: Marie Konstantinovna
Bashkirtseff, In the Studio (1881).


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Posted: 6-25-02; Updated: 01-29-15