Paul Damon: Landscape Painter

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.

"On the Trail of Frits Thaulow" Supporter Reception

Friday, October 12, 2012 – 5:00–9:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 13, 2012 – 10:00–5:00 p.m.

355 Cleveland Avenue North, St. Paul, MN


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



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