Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Norwegian Rosemaling

Norwegian Rosemaling is a highly decorative art form which originated in 1750 and fell out of favor in the 19th century, although it is now experiencing a revival. Rosemaling means 'decorative or flower painting'. It consists of 'c' and 's' scrolls, taken from the acanthus vine and stylized flowers. The styles vary depending on the area of Norway where they originated. Rosemaling was used to decorate homes and objects used in the home. It was usually done on wood. Many background techniques were also used. The Rosemaling artist here is Nancy Schmidt, Waukesha, WI.

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