A PAINT-ON-WOOD TRA­DI­TION

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Lush, bright with pri­mary and se­condary col­ors, rosemåling is a style of folk paint­ing on wood that orig­i­nated in ru­ral Nor­way. Flo­ral poly­chrome de­signs are ex­pressed with C and S strokes and fea­ture scrolling and flow­ing lines, as well as script and scenic ad­di­tions. Also com­mon in ru­ral Swe­den, rosemåling came to the New World as Scan­di­na­vians set­tled here, of­ten car­ry­ing their be­long­ings in beau­ti­fully painted trunks.

The craft was re­vived in the 20th cen­tury when a Nor­we­gian im­mi­grant, dec­o­ra­tive artist Per Lysne, turned to rosemåling dur­ing the Great De­pres­sion of the 1930s.

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