Justin Anderson: Glorious Rosemaling Folk Art

For more than 300 years, rosemaling–the distinctive folk art of decorative painting, has been a symbol of Norway and Norwegian culture worldwide. From the rural valleys of Telemark to the lakes of Minnesota, this rich artistic practice has evolved into diverse and ever developing styles. Rosemaling’s origins are in European rococo and baroque scroll and floral designs. With their long tradition of woodcarving and craft making, Nordic farmers dexterously adopted these popular motifs from urban artisans and subsequently established a far-reaching, freely interpreted movement of painting. The bright hues and swirling composition, the legendary histories, and the ties to both woodworking and my family, draw me to rosemaling. I hope to see this distinctive embodiment of Norsk kultur continue to thrive for many generations.


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