Christian Krohg (1852 – 1925)

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Christian Krohg was a Norwegian naturalist painter, author and journalist. Krohg was educated in Germany and worked in Paris from 1881 to 1882. Inspired by the thoughts of the realists he chose motives primarily from everyday life – often its darker or socially inferior sides. Particularly well known are his pictures of prostitutes, and his novel Albertine from 1886 is about this theme. The book caused a scandal when first published, and was confiscated by the police. Krogh’s powerful and straightforward style made him one of the leading figures in the transition from romanticism to naturalism, characteristic of Norwegian art in this period. Through his periodic residence at Skagen, where he arrived for the first time in 1879, he had great influence on Anna and Michael Ancher.


Struggle for Existence

Krohg was a journalist in the Oslo newspaper Verdens Gang 1890-1910, where he wrote remarkable portrait interviews. Later he became a professor director at Statens Kunstakademi (The Norwegian academy of arts) 1909-1925. He was married to painter and bohéme princess Oda Krohg, and the father of painter Per Krohg (1889-1965).


Self-Portrait with Canvas

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