Hanne Beate Ueland. Photo: Laimonas Puisys
Hanne Beate Ueland. Photo: Laimonas Puisys

Kitty Kielland’s Norwegian Landscapes

Hanne Beate Ueland’s opening remarks for Rugged, weathered, above the sea map the terrain of the Norwegian landscape painting in the late 19th century, including Peder Balke, Johan Christian Dahl, and Hans Gude. Who were these artists and how where they connected? What were the political and scientific developments that helped them broaden the artistic depiction of the landscape in this period so crucial to the establishment of a Norwegian state? How was landscape woven into the fabric of a national identity? Ueland expands upon her inquiry by discussing the work of female landscape painter Kitty L. Kielland (1843-1914): why did she turn her attention to Jæren’s peat bogs, a specific feature of the Norwegian landscape? And how did she develop her own artistic vocabulary? Which ecological perspectives were of importance to her, and how are these works perceived today?

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"Summernight" (1886) by Kitti Kielland. Photo: The National Gallery.

Hanne Beate Ueland (b. 1975) has been the Director of the Stavanger Art Museum since 2014. From 2003 to 2014, she was curator at Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo. Ueland sits on the board of the Norwegian Museum Association and is a member of the jury of the Sandefjord Art Society’s art price. She has also been a board member of NORDIK, the Nordic Committee for Art History (2009-2015) and the Oslo Open (2003-2011). From 2001 to 2003 she worked as an education coordinator at Bergen Art Museum. Ueland holds a master’s degree in History of Art from the University of Bergen (2000).