Here is a story about the wonderful Axel Ender oil painting "Veiviser". This work of art is nostalgic and records historic references to Norwegian life at the time: costumes, wooden building, transportation by sleigh, use of "horse power", children skiing, doctor home visits, etc.
We see a little Norwegian boy on skis who knows his directions, long ago.
A BRIGHT SPOT IN THESE DARK DAYS:
Important Norwegian painting discovered in America! Now it is in Norway!
“Veiviser”: This beautiful original oil painting in its antique frame was created by Axel Ender (1853-1920). It is one of this famous Norwegian artist's typical winter landscapes. The sunny winter scene includes detailed depictions of a horse and sleigh and driver. The painting also shows the charming detail of a mother and child in the doorway of the old wooden house, but the focus is the boy on skis. With an animated face and outstretched arm, he points the way to the driver who stopped his horse to get directions to his destination. (The driver didn’t have GPS at that time!) There are several theories about the incident shown in the painting. One is that the sleigh was on its way to join a group enjoying sleighing on icy lakes. Another interpretation is scholars' suggestion that the driver is a local medical doctor on the way to a patient. (The same figure is shown with a "doctor's bag" in some other Ender paintings).
Ender was born into a farm family in Asker in 1853; he died in Kragerø in 1920. The painting can be seen by appointment at Grev Wedels Plass Ausksjoner, Oslo. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
After a long trip from California, to Minnesota by UPS truck and thence to Norway by way of several FedEx airport stops in the US and Denmark, it finally made it to Oslo---in perfect condition. It is hoped by its discoverer, Mary Jo Thorsheim of Norway Art® in Minneapolis, that the painting “Veiviser” finds the good home that this important painting deserves.
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