The colourful, luminous and detailed art of Harald Sohlberg (1869–1935) has a special allure. Majestic and magical landscapes, the soft beauty of fields of flowers, the raw cold of winter: his works combine a Romantic perception of nature with a contemporary pictorial language akin to Symbolism. Despite several years of study abroad, he devoted himself primarily to the landscapes of his native Norway. His depictions are realistic and yet abstract. They show real places but are also vistas of the mind – imaginary and eternal.
This book shows the breadth of Sohlberg’s art and its relevance well beyond Norway’s borders. Seven essays, 67 paintings, and a number of drawings, prints and photographs grants insight into his creative process, and places him within a broader cultural context, exploring his relationship to the art of earlier periods and to the work of Norwegian and international contemporaries.