Sometimes, photographs or paintings draw you in – and with this fascinating oil painting, the painter Carl Fredrik Sundt-Hansen somehow creates a gateway to the other side of time.
Sundt-Hansen (1841-1907) was a Danish-Norwegian painter born in Stavanger, Rogaland. He mainly painted portraits and scenes from everyday life.
Who is the boy?
The boy is said to be Aanund
Notice the grey, woollen sweater, with a typical local pattern: a
What if we could speak to Aanund and his people, go behind the wall? What if we could break bread with them and follow them in their daily work?
The cynic may argue that we would not want to; life was hard back then.
Main photo: «Boy from Setesdal» – oil painting by Carl Fredrik Sundt-Hansen from 1904. The model is said to be Aanund Aanundson Rike. | Photo: Stavanger kunstmuseum – digitaltmuseum.no SG.0214 – public domain.
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