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Herbjørn Gausta-The Vesterheim Collection

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Herbjørn Gausta-The Vesterheim Collection

Herbjørn Gausta may be the best-known artist of Norwegian ancestry, nut most people only know him for his altar paintings. Gausta did more than 400 altar paintings, but also captures scenes of Norway and the Midwest, painted portraits, and made satirical drawings.  Even the photographs he  took in preparation are works of art. Local benefactors helped make it possible for him to study in Oslo and Munich.

Barn, in Telemark, Norway, Herbjørn Gausta came with his family as a young man to southeast Minnesota. While studying at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, it quickly became clear that he should abandon his idea of becoming a teacher and pursue his talent for art.

This exhibition includes examples, drawn from the collection of the Vesterheim Norwegian-American museum of each type of artwork to give you a more complete picture of his life, creativity, and artistic ability of Herbjørn Gausta.

This exhibit will be at Livsreise through April of 2022.

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