Claude Monet and Bærum
125 years anniversary
Claude Monet, Kolsåstoppen, 1895. Sparebankstiftelsen DNB
125 years ago, Monet painted in Sandvika.
In this mini-exhibition, the Henie Onstad presents Claude Monet's (1840-1926) motifs from Norway.
In the winter of 1895 Claude Monet stayed in Sandvika in Bærum for two months and he lived at Bjørnegård, close to the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter at Høvikodden.
Monet is one of the most famous French impressionists, and is also reffered to as the "painter of light". Monet came to Norway to observe snow-covered landscapes, a motif that is very demanding to paint. During his stay, he painted 28 pictures from Bærum, of which thirteen of Kolsåstoppen in different moods and at different times of the day. Monet also painted landscapes from Sandvika with Løkke bridge, a cast iron bridge made locally at Bærums Verk in 1829. Today, a square is named after him in Sandvika.
A number of these motifs are in private collections in Norway, and thanks to generous private loans and a purchase from the DNB Sparebankstiftelsen, a motive of the Kolsåstoppen have been brought back to Norway.
Henie Onstad celebrates the anniversary with an exhibition that presents Monets work in Norway, in collaboration with the Sparebankstiftelsen DNB and the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, as well as generous private collectors who have made this possible.