Norwegian Women on Stamps
Harriet Backer and Kitty Kielland are two famous women painters who are both represented
on stamps by their most famous works. When young both studied in Europe and became close friends. Harriet Backer
(1845-1932) was influenced by impressionists. Evidence of that is the use of light and
colours in her essentially naturalistic paintings. On the left stamp is one of her most
beautiful paintings "Blue Interior" from 1883. The soft light from the window
and a woman with her needlework creates an atmosphere of peace and quietness. She had also her own art
school that became important for many younger painters. Kitty Kielland (1843-1914) is
well known for her landscape paintings from the Southwest coast of Norway called Jæren.
The painting from 1882 on the right stamp is very typical and is called "Peat Bog at
Jæren". She was also engaged with present problems of her time like feminism. Her
brother was the famous author Alexander Kielland.