Anna Boberg. Painting icy mountains under the midnight sun.

Silent evening. Scene from Lofoten. c. 1910 – 1914. Anna Boberg.
Anna Boberg in 1910.
The custom mobile easel rig Boberg uses here is peculiar to her.

Anna Boberg (Swedish, 1864-1935) began by designing handicraft and tapestry patterns as well as porcelain in exquisite Art Nouveau style. This however, wasn’t what she was made for. She was destined for bigger things. In the summer of 1901, Boberg travelled to Norway and Lofoten for the first time.

The countryside, the special light, the aurora borealis and the midnight sun resonated with Anna. She made some three dozen return visits and had a winter nest and a summer house built there. Boberg had found her spirit place, her motifs and her style as a painter.

Anna would often make arduous expeditions to make oil sketches on cardboard in the summer night north of the Arctic Circle. Daylight lingers longer than seems natural in the sky above the mountains there and her paintings hold the essence of that rare light in all its aspects.

The Fishing Fleet Going Out. Study from North Norway, date unknown, Anna Boberg.
Midnight Sun. Study from North Norway, date unknown, Anna Boberg.
After the Massacre. Study from North Norway, date unknown, Anna Boberg.
Snowy Mountains. Study from Lofoten (1930), Anna Boberg.
An Arctic Spring Day. Study from North Norway, date unknown, Anna Boberg.
Among the Fishing Boats in Svolvaer. Study from Lofoten, 1934, Anna Boberg.
Study from North Norway, date unknown, Anna Boberg.
Northern Lights. Study from North Norway, date unknown, Anna Boberg.
The Graveyard in the Mountains. Study from Lofoten (1920), Anna Boberg.
Fishing Harbour with Sunlit Mountains. Study from North Norway, date unknown, Anna Boberg.
The Graveyard in the Mountains. Study from Lofoten (1920), Anna Boberg.

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