Rosemaling

Literally “flower painting” in Norwegian. A folk art, its heyday was 1750 to 1850. The art was revived in the United States when a Norwegian immigrant, Per Lysne of Stoughton, Wisconsin started decorating woodenware: plates, cupboards and chairs with rosemaling.

My great, great, great grandfather, Aslak Nestestog, was one of the original Telemark rosemalers. He painted the interior walls of Brunkeberg Church and Nesland Church in Telemark. He painted many objects, trunks and other walls as well. His work can be seen in the first volume of “Rosemaling i Telemark” by Øystein Vesaas. I had already been rosemaling about four years when I discovered Aslak Nestestog was also a rosemaler.

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Blue Valdres Mangletre - 2014

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Blue Ribbon plate from 2009, Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum

Blue Ribbon plate from 2009, Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum

Red Ribbon Plate 2013, Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum

Red Ribbon Plate 2013, Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum

Syttende Mai 2013 Runner's Trunk, Stoughton WI

Syttende Mai 2013 Runner’s Trunk, Stoughton WI

Valdres Plate 2010, Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum

Valdres Plate 2010, Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum

Hay Hollow Road Plate

Hay Hollow Road Plate

Sognefjord Plate

Sognefjord Plate

Low Road Plate

Low Road Plate

The Stabbur Plate

The Stabbur Plate

My small portable pochade box for plein air painting.

My small portable pochade box for plein air painting.

Valdres Plate

Valdres Plate

Valdres Trunk

Valdres Trunk

Telemark Trunk after Knut Mevasstaul (1856)

Telemark Trunk after Knut Mevasstaul (1856)

The Olson Trunk

The Olson Trunk

Syttende Mai trunk (People's Choice and 3rd place winner at Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum 2007

Syttende Mai trunk (People’s Choice and 3rd place winner at Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum 2007

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