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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Harriet Backer


Drying clothes
c.1890
oil on canvas
other detail unknown

Harriet Backer (1845-1932) was a Norwegian painter who achieved recognition in her own time and was a pioneer among female artists both in the Nordic countries and in Europe generally. She is best known for her detailed interior scenes, communicated with rich colors and moody lighting.

At the age of nearly 30 Backer decided to train professionally as a painter. She studied in Paris and Munich, and was influenced by impressionism, though she is regarded as both a naturalist and an early Impressionist, she never belonged to any school. She copied works in major museums and took occasional art lessons; she later considered this experience to have been of fundamental importance to her artistic development.