Valentin Axel Kielland (1866-1944 - Norway) studied sculpture and painting under Mathias Skeibrok, Henri Chapu, Léon Bonnat and Kristian Zahrtmann. In the 1890ies he made some of the most original furniture ever made in Norway. His sculptures are emotionally intense and have a social side to them that speak with a strong voice even today. Around 1916, Kielland left art for spiriual and religious musings.
In the period 1903-05 Valentin Kielland ran a school for sculpture and wood carving in Kristiania (now Oslo) and "Mor og Søn" (Mother and son) is from this period. The National Museum in Oslo has a second version of "Mor og Søn". This version was among the 116 artworks given to the National Museum in 1909 by the art collector (and beer brewer) Olaf Schou. Several of Munch's best paintings (among them "Scream") were among these 116 works.