Saturday, July 12, 2014

Kitty Kielland

oil on canvas
115 x 120 cm
location unknown

This painting was given to new Queen Maud in Norway in 1905, and was hung in Queen Maud’s Salon at the Royal Palace. The work depicts the Stokkavannet lake in Stavanger just after sunset. The motif is typical of the scenery in southern Norway, where Kitty grew up. Although Kielland was criticised by her contemporaries for her sombre, melancholic paintings, Evening Landscape realistically captures the effects of the changing evening light on the landscape. This painting is considered a masterpiece in its genre.

Kitty Lange Kielland (1843-1914) was a Norwegian landscape painter. She was born to an affluent family in Stavanger. Although she received some training in drawing and painting, it was not until she turned thirty that she was allowed to train as a professional artist. As a woman she was forced to take private lessons instead of joining landscape painting class. She left for Munich in 1875 where she joined a colony of Norwegian artists living there.In 1879 she moved to Paris, and exhibited her paintings for the first time. She left Paris in 1889, suffering from senile dementia for several years, and finally died in Oslo.