Thursday, July 10, 2014

Amaldus Nielsen

The Rognaldsvag in Kinn
oil on canvas
40 x 63 cm
private collection

Amaldus Clarin Nielsen (1838-1932) was a Norwegian painter. He was born as a son of shipmaster and merchant, and grew up in Mandal, a small town on Norway’s southernmost tip. He lived most of his childhood and adolescence without a father. He received some tuition from a traveling drawing teacher, and then studied at the Academy of Art in Copenhagen and at the Dusseldorf Academy.

According to Nielsen himself, nature was his greatest source of inspiration and teacher. He strived to represent nature as precisely, objectively and straightforwardly as possible. His landscapes are scrupulously done, with telling details from the coastal habitat he knew so well. He has been called "Norway's first naturalist painter". Most of his paintings portrayed Western and Southern Norway. He was decorated as a Knight, First Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav in 1890.

Eleven of his works are owned by the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design. By Nielsen's heirs in 1933, the collection of about 300 works of Nielsen was donated to Oslo municipality. Since 1994 this collection is on permanent exhibit in the Stenersen Museum.