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 Edvard Karl Diriks  (1855 - 1930)

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Lived/Active: Norway/France      Known for: impressionist marine and dock-scene painting

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Edvard Karl Diriks  (1855 - 1930)

Edvard Diriks was born the 9 June, 1855 in Christiania, and at the age of seventeen went to Germany with the intention of devoting himself to architecture. He studied successively in Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, and Berlin, and it was in the latter city, while a pupil at the Bauakademie that, under the influence of his countryman Christian Krohg (see AskART) and the magnetic German, Max Klinger (see AskART), he renounced architecture and found more congenial expression in the field of painting.

He shortly repaired to Weimar where, after a brief period under Theodor Hagen (see AskART), he returned to Christiania in 1879 and has subsequently divided his time between Norway and Paris.

Diriks is one of the heroic figures of contemporary Norwegian art. He was intimately connected with the great struggle for clearer vision and cleaner palette, and was one of the earliest Scandinavian exponents of Impressionism. He is today that rare and welcome phenomenon — a man of middle age who has remained fresh and buoyant in feeling and in brush stroke.

The fight for recognition at home was for his generation a long and bitter one, but he enjoys at last assured position as a poetic and colorful interpreter of the changing beauty of fjord, mountain, and sky.

Submitted by M.D. Silverbrooke

Source:
Christian Brinton, the Catalogue for the 1912 -1913  EXHIBITION of CONTEMPORARY SCANDINAVIAN ART at New York, Buffalo, Toledo, Chicago and Boston.


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