Paul Damon: Landscape Painter

Gallery of Work

Norway 2012

In June 2012, my wife and I traveled to Norway to follow in the footsteps of Frits Thaulow (1847–1906), my favorite painter. Thaulow was a Norwegian citizen and an international painter. He traveled widely throughout Europe and the United States. He is known for his paintings of the rivers of Europe and the small villages and factories that lined their banks. His paintings of Norway show a nation of small towns and fields, rivers and stone-lined streams, with buildings built in a human-scaled size. We went to Norway, not only to see the places where he lived and worked, but to discover a Twenty-First Century Norway with its own modern narratives.

We found a Norway that is still a nation of small villages and towns alongside rivers, which is usually the only land flat enough to build on. With the exception of the larger cities, everything is still in a small, human scale. The factories along the rivers and dams are larger now and many of the picturesque stone bridges, replaced by modern steel and concrete, are relegated to hiking trails. The buildings that line the urban rivers now have spray-painted graffiti on them, with the quality going up noticeably when you approach the artist’s loft areas.

On the other hand, they still use their native stone for walls and foundations with highly skilled work. Their buildings still rely on traditional design and materials. We saw a few sod roofs out in the countryside. And they still eat waffles for an afternoon snack.

 

A Small Stream - Paul Damon

A Small Stream

 

Along the River - Paul Damon

Along the River

 

Asbestos Factory - Paul Damon

Asbestos Factory

 

Bend in the River - Paul Damon

Bend in the River

 

Factory Near Hokksund - Paul Damon

Factory Near Hokksund

 

Lutheran Church - Paul Damon

Lutheran Church

 

Norway - Paul Damon

Norway

 

Norwegian Cow - Paul Damon

Norwegian Cow

 

Red House - Paul Damon

Red House

 

River on a Gray Day - Paul Damon

River on a Gray Day

 

River Scene with Church - Paul Damon

River Scene with Church

 

Roadside Scene - Paul Damon

Roadside Scene

 

Silvery Light - Paul Damon

Silvery Light

 

Small Field Near Kvinen - Paul Damon

Small Field Near Kvinen

 

The Aker River, Oslo - Paul Damon

The Aker River, Oslo

 

The Country Road - Paul Damon

The Country Road

 

The Hillside - Paul Damon

The Hillside

 

The Mandal River - Paul Damon

The Mandal River

 

The Promontory - Paul Damon

The Promontory

 

The Tovdal River - Paul Damon

The Tovdal River

 

Tonstad - Paul Damon

Tonstad

 

 

Previous Work

 

Path Through a Field - Paul Damon

Path Through a Field

 

Winter Road - Paul Damon

Winter Road

 

The Bog - Paul Damon

The Bog

 

The Power Plant - Paul Damon

The Power Plant

 

Evening Silence - Paul Damon

Evening Silence

 

Night - Paul Damon

Night

 

The River Meadow - Paul Damon

The River Meadow

 

Arrival of the Ferry - Paul Damon

Arrival of the Ferry

 

The Factory - Paul Damon

The Factory

 

The Ravine II - Paul Damon

The Ravine II

 

Willow River - Paul Damon

Willow River

 

Elevator and Train - Paul Damon

Elevator and Train

 

Farm Road - Paul Damon

Farm Road

 

Jeanette's Garden - Paul Damon

Jeanette's Garden

 

Lanesboro Sheds - Paul Damon

Lanesboro Sheds

 

Logging Road - Paul Damon

Logging Road

 

Marsh Canal - Paul Damon

Marsh Canal

 

19th Century Street - Paul Damon

19th Century Street

 

Northern Refuge - Paul Damon

Northern Refuge

 

Red Sheds Along the Road - Paul Damon

Red Sheds Along the Road

 

Road in the Driftless Area - Paul Damon

Road in the Driftless Area

 

Small Stream - Paul Damon

Small Stream

 

Stormy River - Paul Damon

Stormy River

 

The Empty Street - Paul Damon

The Empty Street

 

The Tall Tree - Paul Damon

The Tall Tree

 

The Willow River - Paul Damon

The Willow River

 

Trees in the Refuge - Paul Damon

Trees in the Refuge

 

Birches on a Hillside - Paul Damon

Birches on a Hillside

 

Bluff and Power Plant - Paul Damon

Bluff and Power Plant

 

Fall Colors - Paul Damon

Fall Colors

 

Falls of the Vermillion - Paul Damon

Falls of the Vermillion

 

Fish Lake Meadows - Paul Damon

Fish Lake Meadows

 

Industrial Corridor - Paul Damon

Industrial Corridor

 

Island and the Mills - Paul Damon

Island and the Mills

 

Kettle River - Paul Damon

Kettle River

 

Kettle River Slough - Paul Damon

Kettle River Slough

 

The Trestle - Paul Damon

The Trestle

 

The Wet Meadow - Paul Damon

The Wet Meadow

 

Trail Through the Poplars - Paul Damon

Trail Through the Poplars

 

Young Forest in Winter - Paul Damon

Young Forest in Winter

 

 

 

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