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Famous Artists from Norway

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List of the most popular artists from Norway, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of entertainment. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Norwegian artists on this list have kept that tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Norwegian artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

With artists ranging from Rolf Aamot to August Schneider, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous artists are from Norway?" and "Who are the most well-known Norwegian artists?"

For further information on these historic Norwegian artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated Norwegian artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.


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    Edvard Munch
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    Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter and printmaker whose intensely evocative treatment of psychological themes built upon some of the main tenets of late 19th-century Symbolism and greatly influenced German Expressionism in the early 20th century. One of his most well-known works is The Scream of 1893.more

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    • Artworks: The Scream, Madonna, Vampire, Girl Looking out the Window, Two Women on the Shore, + more
    • Birthplace: Ådalsbruk, Løten, Norway
    • Associated periods or movements: Expressionism, Symbolist literature
    • Nationality: Norway
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking, Drawing
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    Odd Nerdrum, is a Norwegian figurative painter. Themes and style in Nerdrum's work reference anecdote and narrative. Primary influences by the painters Rembrandt and Caravaggio help place his work in direct conflict with the abstraction and conceptual art considered acceptable in much of his native ...more

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    • Artworks: Drifting, One Story Singer, Baby, Chosen, Bork in Paris, + more
    • Birthplace: Sweden, Eurasia, Helsingborg
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art
    • Nationality: Norway
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Stephan Abel Sinding was a Norwegian-Danish sculptor. He moved to Copenhagen in 1883 and had his breakthrough the same year. In 1890 he obtained Danish citizenship. In 1910 he settled in Paris where he lived and worked until his death in 1922.more

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    • Birthplace: Trondheim, Norway
    • Associated periods or movements: Realism
    • Nationality: Denmark, Norway
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
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    Amaldus Nielsen
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    Amaldus Clarin Nielsen was a Norwegian painter.more

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    • Birthplace: Mandal, Norway, Norway
    • Associated periods or movements: Realism, Naturalism
    • Nationality: Norway
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Harald Sohlberg
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    Harald Oskar Sohlberg was a Norwegian Neo-romantic painter.more

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    • Artworks: Winter's Night in Rondane
    • Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
    • Associated periods or movements: Neo-romanticism
    • Nationality: Norway
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Christian Skredsvig

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    Christian Skredsvig
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    Christian Skredsvig was a Norwegian painter and writer. He is especially well known for his picturesque paintings.more

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    • Birthplace: Modum, Norway
    • Associated periods or movements: Neo-romanticism
    • Nationality: Norway
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Frits Thaulow
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    Frits Thaulow was a Norwegian impressionist painter, best known for his naturalistic depictions of landscape.more

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    • Artworks: La Dordogne, A French River Landscape, Stream through a Village, Small Town Square, Landscape with Cows by a Stream, + more
    • Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
    • Associated periods or movements: Impressionism
    • Nationality: Norway
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Petter Hegre is a Norwegian photographer, known for his nude photography of women.more

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    • Birthplace: Europe, Northern Europe, Rogaland, Nordic countries, Stavanger, + more
    • Nationality: Norway
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    Svein Krøvel
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    Svein Krøvel was a Norwegian cinematographer, known for his collaborations with director Knut Erik Jensen and Petter Næss. Krøvel worked on both documentaries and feature films. He started his feature film career in 1980. Since then he has been responsible for the photography of around 20 features, and ...more

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    • Birthplace: Norway
    • Nationality: Norway
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    Gustav Vigeland, né Adolf Gustav Thorsen, was a Norwegian sculptor. Gustav Vigeland occupies a special position among Norwegian sculptors, both in the power of his creative imagination and in his productivity. He is most associated with the Vigeland installation in Frogner Park, Oslo. He was also the ...more

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    • Artworks: Spitfire
    • Birthplace: Mandal, Norway, Norway
    • Nationality: Norway
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
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    Hans Dahl

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    Hans Dahl
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    Hans Dahl was a Norwegian painter. Hans Dahl was famous for his paintings of Norwegian fjords and surrounding landscapes.more

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    • Artworks: Sognefjord Near Summer Home in Balestrand, By the Fjord, Fjord with sailing boat, On the Mountaintop, Transporting Hay, + more
    • Birthplace: Granvin, Norway
    • Nationality: Norway
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Hans Gude

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    Hans Gude
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    Hans Fredrik Gude was a Norwegian romanticist painter and is considered along with Johan Christian Dahl to be one of Norway's foremost landscape painters. He has been called a mainstay of Norwegian National Romanticism. He is associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting. Gude's artistic career was ...more

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    • Artworks: Nødhavn Ved Norskekysten
    • Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
    • Associated periods or movements: Düsseldorf school of painting
    • Nationality: Norway
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    Eilif Peterssen

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    Eilif Peterssen
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    Hjalmar Eilif Emanuel Peterssen was a Norwegian painter.more

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    • Artworks: Portrait of Henrik Ibsen, Laksefiskeren
    • Birthplace: Norway
    • Nationality: Norway
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Erik Werenskiold
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    Erik Theodor Werenskiold was a Norwegian painter and illustrator. He is especially known for his drawings for the Asbjørnsen and Moe collection of Norske Folkeeventyr, and his illustrations for the Norwegian edition of the Snorri Sturlason Heimskringla.more

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    • Birthplace: Norway
    • Nationality: Norway
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    August Schneider

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    August Schneider
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    Gerhard August Schneider was a Norwegian artist and collector of folk tales.more

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    • Birthplace: Flekkefjord, Norway
    • Associated periods or movements: Realism, Realism
    • Nationality: Norway
    • Art Forms: Painting, Drawing
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    Kjartan Slettemark

    Kjartan Slettemark was a Norwegian-Swedish artist.more

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    • Birthplace: Naustdal, Norway
    • Nationality: Norway
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    Adolph Tidemand

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    Adolph Tidemand
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    Adolph Tidemand was a noted Norwegian romantic nationalism painter. Among his best known paintings are Haugianerne and Brudeferd i Hardanger, painted in collaboration with Hans Gude.more

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    • Birthplace: Mandal, Norway, Norway
    • Nationality: Norway
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Rolf Aamot is a Norwegian painter, film director, photographer and tonal-image composer. Since the 1950s, Aamot has been a pioneer within the field of electronic painting, exploring the emerging technology as it combines with the traditional arts of painting, music, film, theatre, and ballet. Aamot ...more

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    • Birthplace: Europe, Bergen, Northern Europe, Nordic countries, Hordaland, + more
    • Nationality: Norway
    • Art Forms: Photography, Painting
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    Ingar Dragset (born 1968) is a Norwegian artist who collaborates with Danish artist Michael Elmgreen.more

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    • Artworks: Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted Under Nazism
    • Birthplace: Trondheim, Norway
    • Nationality: Norway
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    Anders Beer Wilse
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    Anders Beer Wilse was a Norwegian photographer whose photography visually documented Norway in the early to mid-20th century. Wilse was born in Flekkefjord, but grew up in Kragerø and decided early to become a sailor. After having graduated with a technical degree from the technical school in Horten in ...more

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    • Birthplace: Flekkefjord, Norway
    • Nationality: Norway
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