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Bueskytterne (The Archers)

1905
Limited edition
68 x 166 cm (26,77 x 65,35 in.)

Description

Bueskytterne (the Archers) by Gerhard Munthe. Woven 1905 by Birgitte Bergvin, the Nordenfjeldske Museum of Applied Art School and Studio of Art Weaving in Trondheim. Three were made (1905, 1906, 1909). One (1909) is owned by the Nordenfjeldske Museum of Applied Art in Trondheim (nkim.no). One (1906) was bought by the architect H.M. Baillie-Scott and later lost in a fire. The third is this one. It was bought by the architect and painter Gabriel Kielland, who ran the atelier between 1899 and 1902. The version made in 1909 differs from the two previous versions by having a horizontal warp direction. 34 tapestries were made from Munthe's 13 cartons by the atelier over the period 1898 to 1909 when it closed. 17 of these are today in museums. The tapestry Bueskytterne now resides some 500 meters from where it was made. It is less than a kilometer away from the other surviving version. Literature: J. L. Opstad, "Nordenfjeldske kunstindustrimuseums vævskole og ateiler for kunstvævning 1898-1909" (NKM, Trondheim, 1983); T. L. Nyaas (ed.) "Vikingmytologier II" (Galleberg, 2015).

About Gerhard Munthe

Gerhard Peter Frantz Munthe (19 July 1849, Elverum, Hedmark – 15 January 1929) was a Norwegian painter and illustrator. Munthe was born in Elverum to physician Christopher Pavels Munthe (1816–1884) and his wife Christine Margrethe Pavels Aabel (1827–1887). He was a brother of historian Hartvig Andreas Munthe, writer Margrethe Munthe and military officer Carl Oscar Munthe. He was also a nephew of historian and cartographer Gerhard Munthe and an uncle of genealogist Christopher Morgenstierne Munthe, librarian Wilhelm Munthe and painter Lagertha Munthe. Through his mother he was a nephew of Andreas Leigh Aabel and Oluf Andreas Aabel, and a first cousin of Hauk Aabel. In December 1886 he married Sigrun Sandberg (1869–1957). Between 1886 and 1890 Bjørn Bjørnson was his stepfather-in-law. Munthe and Sandberg settled in Sandvika and later Lysaker. Also, Munthe had a studio at Ringstabekk for a short period. The couple divorced in 1919, the same year she married Fridtjof Nansen. Munthe was a prolific letter writer, and also published several articles, some of which were collected and published in 1919 as Minder og meninger. When Munthe moved to Christiania in 1863, his intention was to study medicine like his father, but his father advised him to take up the arts. He studied under Johan Fredrik Eckersberg in 1870, and continued under Morten Müller and Knud Bergslien until 1874.

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ETIENNE555 Thank you for sharing "the Archers" I love it.
Jul 19, 2017, 11:17 PM