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An opportunity arose recently for yours truly to be able to revisit the National Gallery of Norway in Oslo. Time spent in its serene ambience, soaking in the artistic brilliance in each of its works on display, was time well spent, indeed.

This post captures some of the paintings which depict the beauty of nature in all its glory.

Oak Tree by the Elbe in Winter (Johan Christian Dahl)

 

The Labro Falls at Kongsberg (Thomas Fearnley)

 

The Grindelwaldgletscher (Thomas Fearnley)

 

Winter at the River Simoa (Frits Thaulow)

 

Storm, Evening (Eugene Jansson)

 

Street in Roros in Winter (Harald Sohlberg)

 

Flower Meadow in the North of Norway (Harald Sohlberg)

 

Summer Night (Kitty Kielland)

 

Moonlight (Edvard Munch)

 

Landscape from Holmsbu (Oluf Wold-Torne)

 

The White Horse in Spring (Nikolai Astrup)

 

In the Garden (Astri Welhaven Heiberg)

 

Each painting is unique, and captures a different mood of Mother Nature in a very effective manner.

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Portrait Torvald Stang

 

Seated Model on the Couch

 

Summer in the Garden

 

Sunrays

 

The Pathfinder

 

The Sun

 

Tree

 

Two Backfisches

 

Two Maids

 

Two Women

 

Waves Against the Shore

 

Winter Landscape

 

Winter Night

 

Woman with Poppies

 

Edvard Munch

 

The creative outpourings of artists depend on several factors. One such factor is their upbringing, which shapes their value systems and their outlook towards life in general. Yet another is the kind of challenges life throws at them. The opportunities they get matter. The people who surround and support them in their work also matter.

Above all, the fact that their ideas find a resonance amongst those who have an eye for the kind of creative output they are capable of churning out.

 

(Note: The poor quality of reproduction of these paintings is surely not a reflection on the original work of the artist. These merely expose the limited photography and photo-editing skills of yours truly.)

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Human Mountain in plaster

 

Kneeling Nude

 

Melancholy

 

Midsummer Night’s Eve

 

Model by the Wicker Chair

 

Mother and Daughter in Garden

 

Nude Female Back

 

Oslo Bohemians

 

Portrait Ingeborg Kaurin

 

Portrait Ingse Vibe

 

Portrait Self

 

(Note: The poor quality of reproduction of these paintings is surely not a reflection on the original work of the artist. These merely expose the limited photography and photo-editing skills of yours truly.)

Continued……

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Edvard Munch (1863-1944) is well known for many of his paintings, like The Scream, Madonna and The Sick Child.

A possibility to visit the Munch Museum in Oslo some time back gave yours truly an opportunity to look up several of his other works.

 

 

Adam and Eve

 

Apple Tree in Garden

 

Beneath the Red Apples

 

Cabbage Field

 

Elm Forest Autumn

 

Elm Forest Autumn

 

Elm Forest Spring

 

Forest in Snow

 

Four Women in the Garden

 

Girls Watering Flowers

 

Continued……

(Note: The poor quality of reproduction of these paintings is surely not a reflection on the original work of the artist. These merely expose the limited photography and photo-editing skills of yours truly.)

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Recently, while on a trip to Switzerland, yours truly had the opportunity of calling upon Mr. José Manuel Castro Santiago, Minister – Counsellor at the Embassy of Portugal in Bern.

Despite his busy schedule, he was kind enough to grant an audience to yours truly, who wished to present to him a copy of his book ‘Como Sobreviver Na Selva Empresarial’.

It happened to be a day when the soaring day temperature had left denizens of Berne gasping for breath and scurrying for cover. To match the heat outside, the Embassy of Portugal in Switzerland offered a degree of bonhomie and warmth, much like the genial and affable disposition of the people of Portugal.

An informal meeting took place in his tastefully done up office. He was genial, graceful and dignified. The frankness with which he spoke and the warmth he exuded was typical of the people of character, resource and rich culture he represents.

It transpired that he had also had a stint in India. He spoke warmly of his positive feel about the country. He touched upon its rich ancient culture and the diversity of its citizens. Yet another emerging economy he had been posted to in the past was that of Brazil.

He mentioned that he has himself authored and published a book which captures his experiences in a long and successful career. Yours truly expressed a wish that some kindly publisher might bring it out in English as well, so the wisdom contained therein may get shared more widely.

He was happy to know that yours truly had been associated with the Tata group for close to a decade, that too in the field of leather footwear and components. The courtesy extended to an ordinary soul from an emerging economy like India was impeccable.

Diplomats represent all that their land is and aspires to be. Much like Ms. Clara Nunes dos Santos, the Ambassador of Portugal to Norway (whom yours truly had the opportunity to meet recently), Mr. José Manuel Castro Santiago is also no exception. One has no doubt that both of them handle managerial challenges coming their way with characteristic aplomb.

One wishes them and their country a great innings in the days to come.

(Notes:

This is how you can lay your hands on the Portuguese version of the book, launched in Portugal during March, 2016, courtesy Liberty Seguros and Vida Economica.

The English version of the book, entitled ‘Surviving in the Corporate Jungle’, was released recently.

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Recently, while on a trip to Norway, yours truly had the opportunity of calling upon Ms. Clara Nunes dos Santos, the Ambassador of Portugal in Norway.

Despite her busy schedule, she was kind enough to grant an audience to yours truly, who wished to present to her a copy of his book ‘Como Sobreviver Na Selva Empresarial’.

On a day when the skies were a characteristic Norwegian grey, the Embassy of Portugal in Oslo stood out in its dignified glory. Much like the genial and warm people of Portugal, the welcoming interior left one with an inner glow of joy, much akin to a homecoming of sorts.

An informal meeting took place in her exquisitely done up office. She was charm, grace and dignity personified. The frankness with which she spoke and the warmth she exuded was typical of the people of character, resource and rich culture she represents.

She was kind enough to leaf through the book and found that it demystified the art and science of management in a lucid manner. The Portuguese translation came in for some praise. The courtesy extended to an ordinary soul from an emerging economy like India was impeccable.

Ambassadors represent all that their land is and aspires to be. Ms Clara Nunes dos Santos is no exception. Given her keen intelligence, sharp eye, wit and humour, one has no doubt that she handles managerial challenges coming her way with characteristic aplomb.

One wishes her and her country a great innings in the days to come.

(Note:

This is how you can lay your hands on the Portuguese version of the book, launched in Portugal during March, 2016, courtesy Liberty Seguros and Vida Economica.)

(The English version of the book, entitled ‘Surviving in the Corporate Jungle’, was released recently.)

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The Rosengart Collection at Lucerne in Switzerland, puts a clear emphasis on Classic Modernism, featuring the works of several artists.

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A major part of the gallery is devoted to Pablo Picasso and Paul Klee.

Picasso

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There are 32 paintings and some 100 drawings, water colours and numerous graphic and sculptural works of Pablo Picasso. Combined, all these reflect the genius and the creative vitality of the renowned artist.

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Around 125 wonderfully resonant watercolours of Paul Klee form the second focus of the collection. The works are chronologically arranged, duly numbered, and embody the inexhaustible visual and narrative wealth of his works.

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The gallery also showcases the genius of 21 other artists. These include Monet, Cezanne, Vuillard, Bonnard, Matisse, Braque, Leger, Miro and Chagall.

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Each artist has his or her own unique imprint. Over time, as artists evolve, so do their works. We shall seldom come to know the source of their inspiration at any given point in time. But the legacy they leave behind is for all of us to cherish.

Their works represent a collage of nature and human emotions which happen to be universal in nature. In that sense, their works belong to humanity in general.

(Note: The Rosengart Gallery does not permit photography. Images here of some of the paintings seen at the gallery are courtesy the world wide web.)

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