(b. 1847, Oslo, d. 1906, Volendam)


Norwegian painter and engraver. Originally wanting to become a marine painter he studied at the art academy in Copenhagen (1870-73) as well as with the Danish marine specialist Carl Frederik Sřrensen (1818-1879). He spent two winters at Karlsruhe (1873-74, 1874-5) as the pupil of Hans Gude (1825-1903) and then went to Paris, where he spent much of the period 1875-79. His marines and coastal pictures, some of which were accepted at the Paris Salon, were only moderately successful, but he acquired a fair knowledge of contemporary French Realist art and felt that Norwegian artists should learn from it. He admired in particular Jules Bastien-Lepage.

Thaulow made a significant and original contribution to Realism and formed an important link between Norwegian and French painting. His work refrained from becoming repetitive because he was constantly travelling and depicting new places.

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