Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Beautiful Art Of Hans Dahl (1839-1937)

Summer's Day in Norway



By the Fjord

Awaiting His Return


A Summer's Day

Springtime in the Fields
Norwegian Viking Fjord in Western Norway

Hans Dalh was a Norwegian artist who painted many beautiful paintings of ordinary life. Poster sized prints may be purchased at allposters and other places on the web. Some of the work of this artist is on display at various museams throughout the country.

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15 comments:

Mrs. Anna T said...

Oh how I love, love, love Scandinavian scenery. These paintings are so beautiful. I wish I could visit these places someday!

Anonymous said...

Notice the clothing in the outdoor setting! How interesting that the women did outdoor work and wore skirts, and what a pretty picture they present for any artist! I have seen one of this man's works that showed a shepherdess in the mountains of Norway. It was stunning! Women can look beautiful if they would only go back to their national costume, or something like it, and get rid of the man-boy-clothing that is pushed on them by the stores.

Anonymous said...

I'm the lady who commented last week about not wanting to get mud on my dresses in the garden. These paintings have given me a few ideas for work dresses. Thank you for posting such healpful images.

It's not that I want to wear pants anymore. But I only have dresses and skirts suitable for church. My least dressy dress is from Pendleton, which my husbnad purchased last summer as a gift for me. With a price tag of $150, I can't wear it in the garden.

So this week's goal is to make two work dresses from a work friendly fabrics that can handle scrubbing and multiple washings.

Marqueta said...

Dear Lady Lydia,

What beautiful scenery! Isn't it nice that the women's clothing doesn't take away from the background, like modern clothing?

I absolutely love your dress ideas, dear one. You have greatly inspired me (yet again) .

Love,

Marqueta

Anonymous said...

This artist would truly be dismayed at the way women are dressed in his country today.

LadyLydiaSpeaks said...

This artist also had a son who was a painter, and I think at least one or two of the paintings here were by his son. It was impossible to tell the difference. His son's name was Hans Andreas Dahl.

Anonymous said...

So many of these original paintings of the 19th century are up for auction. These are historical, and should be kept in the country of Norway. It is too bad the government does not buy these to preserve as part of Norway history.The way the land and the people and the boats looked, even the houses, will one day be important to the descendents of these people

LadyLydiaSpeaks said...

If you have just posted and your comment has not appeared, will you please post again? Sorry for the inconvenience, but I would love to hear from you and have your comments here!

Anonymous said...

I read a report that the new jeans do not allow women to move very much, as they are too tight and they can barely walk in them. So, what is all the protest that they cannot "do anything" in a dress? These paintings show that women certainly did things, and much more than women today: hiking, boating, farming, and walking in the beautiful country side. I have a blog where I sometimes post the 18th and 19th century paintings of women. I sometimes get flames telling me that these were just pictures of people who were rich and just sat around doing nothing. It is absolutely evident that the women in these paintings you have put here, are very active and strong and not wearing the clothing of the wealthy, nor sitting around. Yet they did not seem to think they should invent a pair of shorts or low cut jeans or tight tee shirt (originally under wear for men) in public. Interesting. Maybe we are not such an enlightened generation after all.

Anonymous said...

For the past few years there has been a special muddy color put on jeans, and they are sold as "dirty jeans." There was the faded denim look that became faded areas to emphasize the thighs and the buttocks. Have a look at the next jeans skirt you want to buy. It is deliberately painted a different faded color on those strategic areas to give it a sexy look.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely adore this series you're doing on dresses. I wear them every day and never get any comments from anyone, but am loving the encouragement all the same. If you're blog counter's up, that's me checking for updates all the time!

LadyLydiaSpeaks said...

My stats aren't any higher than usual, but I have really enjoyed getting a lot more comments since making them anonymous.

Also I wanted to just mention that sometimes when women do not want to wear a dress, they have hesitations about things like: isnt a dress "too fine" or "too good" for every day wear, or "isnt a dress too long,etc". I would say that if you make it from cotton, it is not formal. After all, jeans are made from cotton. If you dont like ruffles, dont put them on the dress. If you dont like prints, dont use them. If you worry about length, remember that jeans are now made so long that they are made for high heels. If women wear them without high heels, the cuffs of the jeans drag on the ground and get all frayed. That normally wont happen if you make a dress or have one made for you.

LadyLydiaSpeaks said...

My stats aren't any higher than usual, but I have really enjoyed getting a lot more comments since making them anonymous.

Also I wanted to just mention that sometimes when women do not want to wear a dress, they have hesitations about things like: isnt a dress "too fine" or "too good" for every day wear, or "isnt a dress too long,etc". I would say that if you make it from cotton, it is not formal. After all, jeans are made from cotton. If you dont like ruffles, dont put them on the dress. If you dont like prints, dont use them. If you worry about length, remember that jeans are now made so long that they are made for high heels. If women wear them without high heels, the cuffs of the jeans drag on the ground and get all frayed. That normally wont happen if you make a dress or have one made for you.

Anonymous said...

I have just been catching up on the recent series of posts and have loved seeing the stunning scenery and the beautiful attire featured in these paintings. In reading the comments, I noticed a few mention the modest clothing of other cultures. I just love the saris, long tunics and pants worn by women in India, Pakistan and other Asian countries. I know an Indian lady, a beautiful, modest Christian woman and she has so many beautiful outfits from her native country - each one is different! Her garments come in every colour of the rainbow, I've seen her wear pastel hues and at other times, jewel shades; many are adorned with exquisite embroidery and beads, so feminine. I have acquired a few of these long tunics... they are fairly long and loose but well cut, calf length, have long sleeves, high collars and are designed to be worn over long, flowing pants. These outfits are designed to be worn in hot climates but are totally modest. They would suit many shapes and they do not cling! I found my outfits on a second hand/vintage clothing stall at a market. They are authentic - from Pakistan. When I wear these 'dresses' I receive positive comments from so many people. It is certainly worthwhile, looking at the beautiful, modest clothing of other cultures for inspiration!

Anonymous said...

A comment here made me realise that for the longest time now, dresses are considered to be garments for dress-up occasions only - and these days, I don't know what most people consider an occasion for dressing up, as they go in their jeans to weddings, funerals, court, job interviews, etc.

Dresses can be made out of any fabric, from silk satin to denim and everything in-between. If you need something to wear in the garden, a skirt or dress made out of denim is ideal. I have one, which is my general purpose gardening and chicken pen moving outfit. It's simply a gathered straight skirt in sturdy denim, but I bought denim that had a border of embroidered flowers. It has held up in the wash for seven years now, and has seen countless chicken relocations and lots of weeding. Much easier to move around in than today's skintight jeans, and the flowers that grow up from the hem make it pretty enough to wear into town if I find I need to run an unexpected errand.

So if you want day to day dresses, think day to day fabrics - as Lydia suggests, cottons, cotton blends, wool, wool blends. There are some nice linen blends out there now that wear as easily as cotton, as they have just enough polyester to keep them from wrinkling to death.

A dress doesn't have to be only for dress up!

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