Harriet Backer: Every Atom is Colour


This book is not yet published, but will be available from April 2024.

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The grande dame of Norwegian Painting – teacher of Nikolai Astrup and Harald Sohlberg.

Harriet Backer (1845-1932) was one of Norway’s most prominent painters of the 19th century and a pioneer among women artists in Europe. In 1880, she debuted in the Paris Salon and lived in Munich and Paris. Back in Oslo, she established a successful school for painters. This catalogue presents Backer to an international audience, thus giving her back the place she deserves in art history.

Harriet Backer’s richly coloured interior scenes, sensitive portrayals of simple rural life, her portraits and still lifes are characterised by plein-air painting, realism and Impressionism. Her works stand out, not only in Norway, but also in the European context, when it comes to originality, scope and quality. The publication highlights her artistic achievements and places her oeuvre in the European context.

Additional information

Weight 1236 g
Dimensions 22.6 x 28.5 cm
Publisher name Hirmer Verlag GmbH
Publication date 16 April 2024
Number of pages 240
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Vibeke Waallann Hansen, Tove Haugsbo, and Kristian Wikborg Wiese, Text by E. Boe Bierlich, R. Bø, V. Dalåsen, T. Haugsbø, E. Lerberg, M. Liu, C. Rech, and V. Waallann Hansen
Dimensions 22.6 x 28.5 cm
Weight 1236 g


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Vibeke Waallann Hansen is an art historian and curator at the National Museum, Oslo.

Tove Haugsbø is senior curator at Astrupsenteret at KODE Art Museums, Bergen.

Kristian Wikborg Wiese is editor at The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design.