KROHG, Christian
(b. 1852, Aker, d. 1925, Oslo)

Portrait of the Artist Gerhard Munthe

Oil on canvas, 150 x 115 cm
Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo

The painting depicts a smoky interior, the poorly lit Grand Café, with its gentlemen reading the papers and smoking cigars. In the foreground is an uncleared, deserted table. The subject has just come in from the street. He is clearly a dandy, wearing a dark coat with a voluptuous fur collar and sporting a moustache and eyeglasses. In his gloved right hand he holds a burning cigarette, the swirl of smoke drifting into the bluish haze of the room.

The seemingly Parisian scene is set in Christiania (later Oslo) in Norway.

© Web Gallery of Art, created by Emil Krén and Daniel Marx.