MUNTHE, Gerhard
(b. 1849, Skanshagen at Elverum, d. 1929, Baerum)

Daughters of the Northern Lights (Suitors)

Tapestry, weft wool, warp linen, 185 x 226 cm
Museum fr Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg

Munthe's first series of watercolours, exhibited in 1893, included the Horse of Death, Afraid of the Dark and the Daughters of the Northern Lights and their Suitors (all National Gallery, Oslo). Some of these compositions were subsequently made into designs for tapestry.

The Suitors tapestry was woven by Augusta Christensen (1852-1923), a Norwegian weaver, one of the foremost in the country. She did not design the patterns herself but weaved after watercolours and cartons by other artists, mainly Gerhard Munthe. Daughters of the Northern Lights was made after a watercolour (1892, Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo) by Munthe.

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