I am continually inspired by this Harald Sohlberg painting at the Art Institute of Chicago. I feel as if I am next to him in the woods peering through the trees at this illuminated cabin. Together we are voyeurs, observing from a distance this life at the edge of a lake.
Harald Oskar Sohlberg (29 September 1869 – 19 June 1935)
Harald Sohlberg attended the Royal School of Art and Design of Christiania. He later trained under the graphic artist and painter Johan Nordhagen. Sohlberg attended the art school of Kristian Zahrtmann. He also studied as a pupil of Erik Werenskiold, Eilif Peterssen and Harriet Backer.
He is particularly known for his depictions of the mountains of Rondane and the town of Røros. Perhaps his most widely recognized paintings, in several variations, is Winter’s Night in Rondane, presently featured at the National Gallery (Nasjonalgalleriet).
His painting Fisherman’s Cottage was used as the cover of a book by John Burnside, Scottish writer, called A Summer of Drowning; Sohlberg is mentioned prominently throughout the novel, and one of the sections of this book is called “The Fisherman’s House” in obvious homage to the painting.