Hans Gude

Haverkamp, Frode: Hans Gude

During his lifetime, Hans Fredrik Gude (1825-1903), was Norway’s most successful painter. His brilliant career coincided with the increasing demand for painting in the 19th century, and he was the Christiania Arts Society’s best-selling artist. Pressure of demand caused him to paint replicas of certain motifs and graphic productions, and these were distributed as individual prints in books or folders. "Bridal Procession in Hardanger", painted in collaboration with Adolph Tidemann, stands in a class of its own. Gude’s landscapes still occupy a fond place in the public mind.

However, Hans Gude was not merely one of the greatest national romantic painters in Norway, he was also one of the country’s finest landscape artists, as the illustrations in this book demonstrate. In it, Frode Haverkamp presents a selection of Gude’s best paintings, familiar and obscure. Of particular interest are his many watercolours which rarely have been seen.

Gude was not only a favourite with the general public. He enjoyed considerable respect from his contemporary colleagues and from several generations of landscape-painters who, for half a century, had been his students. As there was no academy of art in 19th century Norway, foreign seats of learning were essential for the education of Norwegian artists, including Hans Gude whose positions included professorships at the academies of Düsseldorf, Karlsruhe and Berlin.

The pictures reproduced in this book demonstrate that the artist’s public appeal was not merely founded on contemporary taste, but that his work as a whole has a timeless quality. This is a short but informative book that focuses on the paintings and their analysis

Publisher: H. Aschehoug & Co. (W. Nygaard), 1992
ISBN: 82-03-17072-2
60 pages, hardcover

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