Matisse is one of the early major modernists who emphasize the human ability to create, improve and change their environment, using science, technology or experimentation. He was the leader of Fauvism, a grouping within the art world where color was considered to be the main constituent. Some of his colorful art works can be seen at the hotel.
His early work was characterized by the detailed realism, but he later moved towards a more free treatment of his subject. On his Paris travels, he was thrilled and inspired by impressionism, especially by the paintings of Claude Monet. Diriks has been called the painter of the wind, as he describes the sky and atmosphere in a fascinating and thorough manner. In particular, many motifs from Drøbak, where he lived most of his life, is found in his works. In the living room that bears his name, in the Five lodges (De Fem Stuer), you can find a painting of the northern part of Nordmarka.
The Belarusian Jewish artist Chagall studied under difficult conditions in St. Petersburg, but later moved and settled in Paris. He derived much inspiration from Belarusian culture and biblical themes. He was a modernist and involved in both the avant-garde movement and Fauvism. The images of Chagall often have happy, strong and bright colors, while animals, lovers and musicians often serve as the motifs. His Jewish background plays an important role in the images and his work can be characterized as a blend of imagination, vision, reality and religion.
As a little fun curiosity, we have borrowed the World Cup collection of Johan Ditlev Simonsen, avid collector of Olympic and World Cup effects. This contains, among other things, the posters and small accessories, printed material and advertising from the World Cup held in Oslo in 1982, 1966 and 1930 (The 6 FIS Winter Games ). Here you will find pins, photos and autographs of famous skiers. The mini exhibition can be found on the 2nd floor above the hotel lobby.
Petar Tale was born in August 1947 in Montenegro, formerly part of Yugoslavia. Tale has a desire for total artistic freedom, and focuses on cultivating the creative work. Since he came to Norway in 1976, he has established a close partnership with Kåre Tveter. Over the past 20 years, Tale almost exclusively focused on the artistic work, and he has produced an incredible 15 000 paintings and drawings. Petar Tale can often be seen outside the hotel painting.
On loan from Tale Art Museum, we exhibit a wide range of work by Kåre Tveter. He was born in 1922, and after his debut in 1957, he has almost become a grand old man of Norwegian contemporary art. Tveter is often referred to as the painter of the light. It is first and foremost the changes of the light he seeks to attach to the canvas. In his work there is often a correlation between watercolors and oil images. The watercolors could almost be regarded as nature sketches, which later would be processed with oil. Kåre Tveter has participated in major exhibitions all over the world, and examples his work can be found in the National Gallery in Oslo.
A painter in the tradition of Norwegian romantic nationalism where he tried to capture the landscape. Munthe often took motifs from Norse mythology, fairy tales and legends. After a period of naturalistic style, he was later inspired to develop a Norwegian decorative style, strongly influenced by folk art and Art Nouveau.
Munthe is represented by several works in the hotel, and in the Munthe Lodge (Munthestuen) in the Five Lodges, a beautiful and large national romantic painting from Hallingdal can be found.