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Anders Monsen Askevold
(1834 Gjelsvik, Norway - 1900 Bergen, Norway)
Norwegian painter gained greater popularity than most of his contemporaries. He took his art education under Hans Gude in Dusseldorf, and as an independent painter quickly built up renown as a landscape and animal painter. He combined the two genre for a striking artwork, where landscape and livestock united in a National Romantic expression or a pastoral ideal. It can perhaps be emphasised that Askevold became a victim of his own popularity. Demand was great, and he would gladly paint a variety of the most highly prized motifs, this resulted in his production loosing some of its freshness and taking on an air of routine. Askevold traveled frequently, and his contact with the international milieu also opened his eyes to the new French outdoor painting. In Askevold’s later paintings we see a freer brush stroke, less detail and a fresher color. The pictorial aspect adopted a greater importance in his work, but in this case did not stretch to a new kind of painting. He remained faithful to the National Romantic motif throughout his life.