Paul Damon: Landscape Painter

Gallery of Work

Norway 2012

In June 2012, my wife and I traveled to Norway to follow in the footsteps of Frits Thaulow (1847–1906), my favorite painter. Thaulow was a Norwegian citizen and an international painter. He traveled widely throughout Europe and the United States. He is known for his paintings of the rivers of Europe and the small villages and factories that lined their banks. His paintings of Norway show a nation of small towns and fields, rivers and stone-lined streams, with buildings built in a human-scaled size. We went to Norway, not only to see the places where he lived and worked, but to discover a Twenty-First Century Norway with its own modern narratives.

We found a Norway that is still a nation of small villages and towns alongside rivers, which is usually the only land flat enough to build on. With the exception of the larger cities, everything is still in a small, human scale. The factories along the rivers and dams are larger now and many of the picturesque stone bridges, replaced by modern steel and concrete, are relegated to hiking trails. The buildings that line the urban rivers now have spray-painted graffiti on them, with the quality going up noticeably when you approach the artist’s loft areas.

On the other hand, they still use their native stone for walls and foundations with highly skilled work. Their buildings still rely on traditional design and materials. We saw a few sod roofs out in the countryside. And they still eat waffles for an afternoon snack.


A Small Stream - Paul Damon

A Small Stream


Along the River - Paul Damon

Along the River


Asbestos Factory - Paul Damon

Asbestos Factory


Bend in the River - Paul Damon

Bend in the River


Factory Near Hokksund - Paul Damon

Factory Near Hokksund


Lutheran Church - Paul Damon

Lutheran Church


Norway - Paul Damon



Norwegian Cow - Paul Damon

Norwegian Cow


Red House - Paul Damon

Red House


River on a Gray Day - Paul Damon

River on a Gray Day


River Scene with Church - Paul Damon

River Scene with Church


Roadside Scene - Paul Damon

Roadside Scene


Silvery Light - Paul Damon

Silvery Light


Small Field Near Kvinen - Paul Damon

Small Field Near Kvinen


The Aker River, Oslo - Paul Damon

The Aker River, Oslo


The Country Road - Paul Damon

The Country Road


The Hillside - Paul Damon

The Hillside


The Mandal River - Paul Damon

The Mandal River


The Promontory - Paul Damon

The Promontory


The Tovdal River - Paul Damon

The Tovdal River


Tonstad - Paul Damon




Previous Work


Path Through a Field - Paul Damon

Path Through a Field


Winter Road - Paul Damon

Winter Road


The Bog - Paul Damon

The Bog


The Power Plant - Paul Damon

The Power Plant


Evening Silence - Paul Damon

Evening Silence


Night - Paul Damon



The River Meadow - Paul Damon

The River Meadow


Arrival of the Ferry - Paul Damon

Arrival of the Ferry


The Factory - Paul Damon

The Factory


The Ravine II - Paul Damon

The Ravine II


Willow River - Paul Damon

Willow River


Elevator and Train - Paul Damon

Elevator and Train


Farm Road - Paul Damon

Farm Road


Jeanette's Garden - Paul Damon

Jeanette's Garden


Lanesboro Sheds - Paul Damon

Lanesboro Sheds


Logging Road - Paul Damon

Logging Road


Marsh Canal - Paul Damon

Marsh Canal


19th Century Street - Paul Damon

19th Century Street


Northern Refuge - Paul Damon

Northern Refuge


Red Sheds Along the Road - Paul Damon

Red Sheds Along the Road


Road in the Driftless Area - Paul Damon

Road in the Driftless Area


Small Stream - Paul Damon

Small Stream


Stormy River - Paul Damon

Stormy River


The Empty Street - Paul Damon

The Empty Street


The Tall Tree - Paul Damon

The Tall Tree


The Willow River - Paul Damon

The Willow River


Trees in the Refuge - Paul Damon

Trees in the Refuge


Birches on a Hillside - Paul Damon

Birches on a Hillside


Bluff and Power Plant - Paul Damon

Bluff and Power Plant


Fall Colors - Paul Damon

Fall Colors


Falls of the Vermillion - Paul Damon

Falls of the Vermillion


Fish Lake Meadows - Paul Damon

Fish Lake Meadows


Industrial Corridor - Paul Damon

Industrial Corridor


Island and the Mills - Paul Damon

Island and the Mills


Kettle River - Paul Damon

Kettle River


Kettle River Slough - Paul Damon

Kettle River Slough


The Trestle - Paul Damon

The Trestle


The Wet Meadow - Paul Damon

The Wet Meadow


Trail Through the Poplars - Paul Damon

Trail Through the Poplars


Young Forest in Winter - Paul Damon

Young Forest in Winter




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