ALFRED BERGSTRÖM (1869–1930), "Winter Scene from the Stockholm Waterfront," 1899, oil on canvas, 39 1/2 x 50 7/8 in. (framed), National Museum, gift of Ms. Birgit Rosin, 2004 (NM 7023)

“From Dawn to Dusk”
National Nordic Museum
Seattle, Washington
through July 17, 2022

On view at the National Nordic Museum is “From Dawn to Dusk,” an exhibition of 56 paintings by Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish artists in the permanent collection of Stockholm’s National Museum.

Together these images trace the final decades of the 19th century, a period of radical development in art of the Nordic countries. They encompass scenes of everyday life, portraits, and landscapes created by such talents as Vilhelm Hammershøi, Carl Larsson, August Strindberg, Anders Zorn, and many others.

The project was curated by the National Museum’s Carl-Johan Olsson and has been coordinated in Seattle by Leslie Anne Anderson.

Beginning with the paintings of Nordic artists working in the realist style dominant in 19th-century France, “From Dawn to Dusk” then considers those artists who spent time abroad and returned home to see their native countries with new eyes.

This return launched a new approach to painting, particularly in the depiction of the landscape, a genre that has come to be regarded as quintessentially Nordic.

Around 1890, a national style developed. Nature and the countryside figure prominently in turn-of-the-century Nordic art, but “From Dawn to Dusk” also highlights the growing interest of Nordic artists in depicting the growth and activity of modern cities.

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