The folk art painting style called Rosemaling (Norwegian rose/flower painting) began in Norway during the 1700’s to the late 1800’s. It was Inspired by painted church interiors and influenced by the Baroque and Rococo styles. The locals in the rural areas, not wanting to be left out, decorated their farmhouse interiors and functional items such as trunks, bowls, and cabinets with this colorful art form.
|Rosemaling on unpainted wood plate, probably from the 1950's. CraveCute|
The plate above says something like, " Smorgasbords Are So Good!"
Rosemaling designs use C and S strokes and feature scrolls and flowing lines, floral designs, and subtle colors. Script lettering, scenes, figures and animals may also be included. These pieces are still admired today and I have found several of them at estate sales. The plate above is available in my shop. Some of the other plates below have already been sold or are borrowed from my Pinterest board called Scandinavia.
This was a very old plate (1930-1940), and was covered with a lot of grime when I found it.
I think it had been hanging in a kitchen for years. I believe this is in the Telemark style because of the predominant scroll type leaves and vines.
Rosemaling artists often worked as farmers during the summer, subsidizing their living in the winter months painting rooms and furniture for more successful farmers, receiving little more than room and board for their compensation.
photo Cathys Folk Art
Valdres Style - New, and very ornate.
Each isolated mountain valley in Norway developed their own unique style. Over time the styles started to merge with other Scandinavian art forms and blended with Danish and Swedish folk art. Further blending occurred in areas such as Minnesota and Wisconsin where the immigrants lived in close proximity to one another. Rosemaling here changed somewhat and the decorative painting was often applied over plain wood as opposed to the traditional style of painting over a colored background.
This is a plate I sold last year. It is probably from the late 1950's or early 60's.
I feel that it looks like a modified version of the Valdres style.
photo Cathys Folk Art New Plate in the Telemark Style
Telemark Style Rosemaling Hand painted; in Norwegian...It reads, ""Love...bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails." I Cor. 13:7 & 8a
When my husband and I stop by the Flea Markets or estate sales, we are always on the look-out for the older versions of these paintings. I find them charming and interesting and wish I could find out the stories behind them. I'm sure back in the 50's and 60's many an hour was spent during the winter months in Minnesota, lovingly painting these beautiful folk art pieces that were given as gifts or keepsakes. Rosemaling is still a lively art form and a cherished tradition today.
I will be exploring more winter fun in Minnesota in upcoming posts.