Cultured Wednesday: Hans Dahl’s Norwegian Ladies

Hans Dahl’s paintings in vibrant colors and with charming portrayals of young Norwegian girls in their national costume have always been very popular.

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Here is another Dahl, this time one that doesn’t paint gloomy landscapes, but one that paints Norway in its most beautiful colors, and peopled with beautiful people.

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Hans Dahl (19 February 1849 – 27 July 1937) was a Norwegian painter, famous for his paintings of Norwegian fjords and surrounding landscapes.  He often described the scenery of the western part of Norway in brilliant sunshine with smiling people in national costumes.

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It appears as though Hans Dahl spent half his time in Germany and the other half in Norway, at least for a while, as he had studied in Karlsruhe and Düsseldorf and was married to the daughter of a German painter.  During the summer he lived in his summer residence Villa Strandheim, located on the banks of the Sognefjord at Balestrand in the county of Sogn og Fjordane.  In the winter, he lived in Germany’s capital Berlin, although after 1919 he did not travel to Berlin anymore.  Balestrand became a much visited tourist destination in western Norway.

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Now doesn’t this look truly beautiful?  Wouldn’t it be lovely to live in such a place?

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