Celebrating Leif Eriksson Day and two years of Norway Art columns
MARY JO THORSHEIM
Since October 2019, my Norway Art columns and other articles have appeared on these pages of The Norwegian American. Feedback from readers has been great and gratifying. The writing adventure has not been on the level of Leif Eriksson’s epic success with landing on the North American continent about the year 1,000 as the first European to do so, but it has been exciting.
This month’s article builds around a recently produced video conversation that begins with Christian Krohg’s famous painting “Leif Eriksson Discovers America.” The informal video continues with selected Nordic art paintings from the Norway Art collection that represent the lives and landscape and cultures that Scandinavian immigrants left behind in their homelands when they bravely adventured into a world that was as new to them as the one Leif Eriksson explored. By “reading” these paintings and being reminded of our roots, we may discover more about ourselves.
Take a break from fall tasks, public health concerns, and personal challenges to transport yourself back in history by screening the video. Enjoy the 37-minute film in its entirety or break it up into smaller pieces to view later by simply pausing at any point and picking it up when you have time or are in the mood to continue watching.
N O R W A Y A R T®, Minneapolis
SPECIAL PRODUCTION 2021
A CONVERSATION FEATURING…
SELECTED SCANDINAVIAN ART
BY FAMOUS ARTISTS
© 2021 by Mary Jo Thorsheim.
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All photos by Max Stevenson.
This article originally appeared in the Sept. 17, 2021, issue of The Norwegian American. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.