When I visited Vesterheim in Decorah, IA, a few weeks ago, I was drawn to the beautiful Norwegian folk painting called rosemaling.
The Norwegian people used wood for many things, eating utensils, storage, furniture. And every inch of it is ornamented with painting or carving or both. Because wood was so plentiful and inexpensive, it was used extensively in Norwegian life.
Every room we entered, every display we saw exquisite examples of rosemaling. The colors are vibrant, and the subject matter is botanical. Flowers and leaves and ivy. Acanthus leaves often. There are often mirror images, and paisely-sorts of swirls. Reds, blues, greens, and yellows.
I also learned that different styles of rosemaling can be traced to different regions of Norway. My favorite style is from Valdres, and one of the characters in my current Work in Progress is from Valdres and paints beautifully.
Which Style do you like the best?
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