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Christian Krog - biography and paintings

Christian Krog - biography and paintings

Krog Christian is a painter and writer from Norway, the most famous representative of the realism trend. According to family tradition, the future artist studied law, while receiving an art education at the school of Eckersberg and at the Royal School of Drawing.

In those years, Germany was considered an advanced country in the field of contribution to art, so it is not surprising that Christian decided to go there to continue his studies. He studied in Berlin and Karlsruhe. Then in 1879 he visited Denmark, the city of Skagen, where there was a group of artists who came from the countries of the Scandinavian Peninsula. This artistic environment had a significant impact on the work of Krog, because of which he repeatedly came later to Skagen.

Two years later, the artist was already in France, where he was influenced by the portraiture of Edouard Manet and Bastien-Lepage. Also, the artist’s largest at that time was influenced by the largest realist writers from France - Emil Zola and Guy de Maupassant.

Two years later, Krog returns to his homeland. In the capital, he begins teaching at the State Academy of Arts and Crafts. Interestingly, among the students he taught at that time was Edward Munch, who later became one of the most famous painters in Norway.

In the following years, the artist’s personal life changed. He ties up with an artist named Oda Larsson, who bore him a daughter before marriage. The girl was named Nana, allegedly in honor of the main character of the novel Emil Zola. Her parents got married in 1888.

From 1902 to 1909, the artist lived in Paris and worked as a teacher at the Academy of Colarossi. Since 1907, he was elected head of the Union of Norwegian Artists, and upon completion of teaching in France, he began to work at the Academy of Arts in the capital of Norway - in Oslo. Here he served as a director and teacher.

The main direction of the artist’s work is considered to be realism, but in the early years he experienced the serious influence of impressionism, and in later years - expressionism. This was a positive impact, because it enriched the picturesque style of Krog and gave him individual features, recognition.

His creative heritage has preserved many genre works dedicated to the lives of ordinary people and the very bottom of the population. He liked to depict the daily life of local fishermen and sailors, and the painting “Struggle for Existence” is considered the most famous and significant picture in his work. It depicts the moment of distribution of bread to the poor.

In addition to a successful career as a painter, Christian showed himself to be a talented and extraordinary writer. He wrote articles for newspapers, and then created a novel that caused a strong resonance. For him, a wave of mass negativity and public censure fell upon the writer and artist. All this was caused by the fact that he wrote the story of a model who was forced to go to the panel so as not to starve to death. A painting on the theme of the novel, created during the same period, exacerbated criticism and indignation by the artist as a conservative part of the population.

The master died in 1925.


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