Thore Heramb

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Thore Heramb in 1949.

Thore Heramb (29 December 1916 16 June 2014) was a Norwegian painter and illustrator. His art was inspired by impressionism and by cubism. His artistic style is commonly described as colourist and frequently featured abstracted landscapes. [1] [2]

Impressionism 19th-century art movement

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Cubism early-20th-century avant-garde art movement

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Colourist painting is characterised by the use of intense colour, which becomes the dominant feature of the resultant work of art, more important than its other qualities. This tendency in painting was foreshadowed by French Impressionism in the late 19th century, and came to prominence in the work of the Fauvists in the early 20th century. It has since surfaced in a variety of individual styles and art movements, outside France as well, the most prominent being the Scottish Colourists, the Polish Colourists, or the American abstract Color Field painters. Pierre Bonnard, among others, was a colorist painter.



He was born in Kristiania (now Oslo), Norway. He was the son of Gustav Heramb (1886-1956) and Signe Marie Michelsen (1891-1966). He was trained at the Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry (1935-37) and at the Norwegian National Academy of Fine Arts under Jean Heiberg (1939-1940). He debuted at the Høstutstillingen in Oslo during 1938 and held his first solo exhibition at the Kunstnerforbundet in 1943. [2]

Oslo Place in Østlandet, Norway

Oslo is the capital and most populous city of Norway. It constitutes both a county and a municipality. Founded in the year 1040 as Ánslo, and established as a kaupstad or trading place in 1048 by Harald Hardrada, the city was elevated to a bishopric in 1070 and a capital under Haakon V of Norway around 1300. Personal unions with Denmark from 1397 to 1523 and again from 1536 to 1814 reduced its influence, and with Sweden from 1814 to 1905 it functioned as a co-official capital. After being destroyed by a fire in 1624, during the reign of King Christian IV, a new city was built closer to Akershus Fortress and named Christiania in the king's honour. It was established as a municipality (formannskapsdistrikt) on 1 January 1838. The city's name was spelled Kristiania between 1877 and 1897 by state and municipal authorities. In 1925 the city was renamed Oslo.

The Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry was established in 1818.

Norwegian National Academy of Fine Arts art school in Oslo

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He was awarded the Schäffers legat (1946), Houens legat (1947) and Conrad Mohrs stip. (1951). He conducted study trips to Italy (1939), Copenhagen (1946), Paris (1949) and Provence (1951-52). [3]

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Between 1947-1948, he performed the decorations for the Aker Town Hall (Akers herredshus). Located at Trondheimsveien 5, the building features his motif Fossen, a designed inspired by the Akerselva which flows through Oslo. Among his other notable works are the painting Rød figur i blå sofa from 1950 and the triptykon Palestina-trio from 1973–79. The Norwegian Museum of Contemporary Art has acquired twenty of his works. He is represented at the National Gallery in Oslo as well as at Bergen Billedgalleri, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Llllehamrner Kunstmuseurn and Rogaland Kunstmuseum. Internationally his work is featured at the National Gallery of Denmark, Gothenburg Museum of Art and Stockholm City Museum. [4] [5] [6]

Aker is a geographic area within today's Oslo and a former independent municipality in Akershus, Norway. The name originally belonged to a farm which was located near the current Old Aker Church. The church in turn became the source of the name of the parish, the Akershus Fortress, the municipality and the entire county of Akershus, as well as numerous institutions within this area. The name remains in use in two districts of Oslo, Vestre Aker and Nordre Aker.

Akerselva river in Oslo, Norway

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Norwegian Museum of Contemporary Art museum in Oslo, Norway, since 2003 part of the National Museum

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Personal life

Thore Heramb was married twice. He first married Ellen Schiøtz (1918–1942). Following her death, he married Randi Synnøve Eriksen in 1944. [6]

Selected works

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  2. 1 2 Godal, Anne Marit (ed.). "Thore Heramb". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Norsk nettleksikon. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
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  4. "Trondheimsveien 5". Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  5. "Kunstner / produsent: Thore Heramb". Nasjonalgalleriet. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  6. 1 2 Alfsen, Glenny. "Thore Heramb". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
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