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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.
Edvard Munch is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Norway
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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

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 listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Norway
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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 Norway. Nerdrum creates six to eight paintings a year that include still life paintings of small, everyday objects like bricks, portraits and self-portraits, and large paintings allegorical and apocalyptic in nature. Subjects of Nerdrum's paintings are often dressed as if from another time and place. Nerdrum says that his art should be understood as kitsch rather than art as such. "On Kitsch", a ...more

Artworks: Drifting, One Story Singer, Baby, Chosen, Bork in Paris, + more

Birthplace: Helsingborg, Sweden

Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art

Nationality: Norway

Art Forms: Painting

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Stephan Sinding is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Norway
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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

Birthplace: Trondheim, Norway

Associated periods or movements: Realism

Nationality: Denmark, Norway

Art Forms: Sculpture

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Amaldus Nielsen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Norway
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Amaldus Clarin Nielsen was a Norwegian painter. ...more

Birthplace: Mandal, Norway, Norway

Associated periods or movements: Realism, Naturalism

Nationality: Norway

Art Forms: Painting

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