Welcome to a lecture about the Swedish painter Anna Boberg (1864-1935) by Karen Angelshaug.
Anna Boberg was a Swedish painter and craftsman, married to architect Ferdinand Boberg. Boberg was largely self-taught, but studied briefly at the Académie Julian in Paris. She is best known for landscape paintings with motifs from Lofoten. Paintings by Anna Boberg can be found in the collections of Nationalmuseum Stockholm, Musée d´Orsay in Paris and in the National Museum in Oslo.
Anna Boberg came to Lofoten for the first time in 1901 and got a studio in Svolvær. Later she bequeathed it to the Visual Artists’ Board for use by Norwegian and Swedish painters. The house was demolished during the war. But in 1953 a house for artists was rebuilt: Kunstnerhuset. Which is still functioning as a living and working place for artists, run by Nordnorsk Kunstnersenter (NNKS).
Karen Helene Angelshaug is educated as an art historian from UiT. She has previously written a master’s thesis about Anna Boberg and her paintings with Lofoten as a motif: “Lofoten caught in a look”. As a student at the University of Tromsø in 2002.
Karen’s interest in Anna Boberg has persisted, and more recently she has researched Boberg’s artistic work with special interest in Boberg’s stay and history associated with Lofoten. What happened, and what thoughts did she have about Lofoten? Angelshaug has searched for oral stories about Anna Boberg, as well as sought information in collections in Sweden that feature Boberg’s paintings.