Norway Painted in Light and Color, 236 pages
by Sigmund Aarseth
This book is the culmination of 40 years of landscape and interior paintings of Sigmund Aarseth's genre paintings of Norway. He paints mostly alla prima or plein air throughout the countryside near his home in Valdres, Norway, or throughout Europe. His paintings plein air of open air museums which are one of Norway's most precious assets are some of his most valuable and beloved works. He paints quickly with large brushes and a sure hand which illuminates quick and beautifully his choice of season and the influence of old Norway in his work. His paintings range from lively florals with the beautiful old log houses and stabburs in the background, to the cold and icy winters with a log cottage, its grass topped roof filled with soft piled up snow and smoke curling from its chimney. The Norwegian who is lucky enough to experience this ambiance will love its chronicle in paint. The home-sick Scandinavian will love having this reminder of home on their coffee table to remind them of another age and another place when life was simpler, less hectic and more magical. An important book chronicling the history of Norway through one artist's eyes.