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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Harriet Backer: Every Atom is Colour

Harriet Backer, Blue Interior, 1883.

Oct 25, 2023 – Jan 14, 2024
Pb. 7014 St. Olavs plass N-0130 NORWAY Oslo

In 1883, when the Norwegian art historian Andreas Aubert first laid eyes on Harriet Backer’s painting Blue Interior, he was elated. “Every atom is color,” he exclaimed. Portraying women in their natural settings in intense, voluptuous hues, Backer made a study of light and color. By the time of her death, in 1932, she had become one of the country’s most significant artists. Backer won mention by the jury at the Paris Salon, lived between Paris and Munich, and got the better of many male peers. This exhibition—which travels to Stockholm, then to the Musée d’Orsay, in Paris, and then to Kode, in Bergen—focuses on Backer’s life and artistic development. —Elena Clavarino

Photo: Nasjonalmuseet/Børre Høstland