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this is why the painting “A farm in Venoix” interests so many Norwegians

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The signed work of the Norwegian painter Christian Skredsvig will be loaned for two years to Norway, as part of an exhibition dedicated to this painter traveler of the late nineteenth century, come to seek light and picturesque landscapes in Normandy.

It is the very first time that the monumental work “A farm in Venoix” signed by the Norwegian painter Christian Skredsvig will be exhibited in Norway. State property on deposit at Normandy Museum, it will be loaned for two years.

The painting will be presented until May 22, 2022 in Hagan, the painter’s house located in Eggedal in Buskerud county, north-west of Oslo, a house in which the painter lived from 1894 until his death in 1924. It is the artist’s granddaughter who wished to collect the work of her grandfather in the family home now transformed into a museum.

Christian Skredsvig, portrait dated 1885

Christian Skredsvig, portrait dated 1885

© Hege Christina Skredsvig

It’s fantastic to have this painting here, rejoices Hege Christina Skredsvig, the painter’s granddaughter. The farm in Venoix is ​​the most important painting in our exhibition devoted to the works of Skredvig exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1881, cWith it is the painting which earned him a gold medial at the Salon de l’Académie in Paris. And he is the only Norwegian painter to have been so distinguished.

Normandy, land of light and inspiration

It was in 1880 that Christian Skredsvig left for Normandy. He stays in the Caen region all summer. “Ithe much loved the light and nature around Caen, such as Hege Christina Skredsvig. And since he was above all an animal painter, we find cows and horses in each of his works. And it is really in Normandy that he imposes himself as a true outdoor painter! “

This table signed Christian Skresdvig represents an imaginary scene on which we recognize the gendarmes' tower in Caen.
This table signed Christian Skresdvig represents an imaginary scene on which we recognize the gendarmes' tower in Caen.

This table signed Christian Skresdvig represents an imaginary scene on which we recognize the gendarmes’ tower in Caen.

© Museum of Normandy

“A Venoix farm”, an emblematic painting from the time of traveling painters and characteristic of the northern school

If Christian Skredsvig came to Normandy, it is because the painters of the North had married this travel tradition to complete their training“, explains Jean-Marie Levesque, curator of the Museum of Normandy.”In Normandy, they came to seek traces of our common history, but also to discover the landscape because the Scnadinave painting celebrates nature and the landscape.

“A farm in Venoix” chooses a picturesque subject: a scene from the rural world. “The Ecole du Nord had a predilection for buccolic, peaceful subjects, with particular attention to light“, specifies Jean-Marie Levesque.

It is Jean Collin (center), former professor at the University of Caen, who found the trace of this painting, exhibited for the first time at the Musée de Normandie in 1997. Right on the photo, Jean-Marie Lesveque , Curator of the Museum of Normandy.
It is Jean Collin (center), former professor at the University of Caen, who found the trace of this painting, exhibited for the first time at the Musée de Normandie in 1997. Right on the photo, Jean-Marie Lesveque , Curator of the Museum of Normandy.

It is Jean Collin (center), former professor at the University of Caen, who found the trace of this painting, exhibited for the first time at the Musée de Normandie in 1997. Right on the photo, Jean-Marie Lesveque , Curator of the Museum of Normandy.

© Jean-Marie Lesveque

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