Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Gerhard Munthe

Budeia (Milkmaid from Hallingdal)
oil on canvas
other details unknown

Budeia is a painting on a young woman in the Hallingdal region of Norway in traditional folk costume.

Gerhard Peter Frantz Munthe (1849-1929) was a Norwegian painter and illustrator. He originally intended to study medicine like his father, a physician. But his father advised him to take up the arts.
After studying arts under several painters, from 1877 to 1882, he lived in Munich. However, many of his motifs were taken from Norway and his paintings were in the naturalist style. Some of his works were woven into large tapestries. He also created monumental decorations. He is represented with several works in the National Gallery of Norway.

He was a prolific letter writer, and also published several articles, some of which were collected and published in 1919. He was made a Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav and a Knight of the Danish Order of the Dannebrog and the Swedish Order of the Polar Star.