Erik Theodor Werenskiold (1855-1938)

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The Funeral

Erik Werenskiold was a Norwegian painter and illustrator. He is especially known for his drawings for the Asbjørnsen and Moe collection of Norske Folkeeventyr, and his illustrations for the Norwegian edition of the Snorri Sturlason Heimskringla.



Erik Werenskiold grew up in Kongsvinger, and started his studies in 1872. Based on advice from the painter Adolph Tidemand, he attended a college for painters, and in the autumn of 1875 he went to Münich where he stayed for four years. Inspired by French paintings of nature and the naturalist movement, Werenskiold moved to Paris in 1881 to continue his studies.


Girls from Telemark

Drawing of Bjornstjerne Bjornson, by Werenskiold

Drawing of Bjornstjerne Bjornson, 1895


Erica Nissen, c. 1890

Knut Hamsun, by Werenskiold

Knut Hamsun, 1889, Illustration for Norwegian Publication


Picking Flowers, Oil on Canvas, 14 x 10.6 in, Private Art Collection


Vintage Ski Illustration, 1912, Intaglio print

Landscape with a Lake, by Erik Theodor Werenskiold

Landscape with a Lake, Oil on Canvas, Hermitage Museum

In 1883 Werenskiold returned to Norway. He made several paintings of peasants in landscapes, as well as portraits of celebrities like Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson and Henrik Ibsen. Illustrations for Norwegian fairy tales had interested him since his time in Munich, and he now got the opportunity to illustrate Norwegian fairy tales together with Theodor Kittelsen. Still wondering about a Norwegian painting in your family collection? Contact us…it could be by Erik Werenskiold.


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