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Elling Reitan: The Colors of Peer Gynt

  • 913 East Franklin Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55404 (map)

Norway Art® and its owner, Dr. Mary Jo Thorsheim are proud to present this exhibition of limited edition lithograph reproductions of paintings by renowned Norwegian artist, Elling Reitan. One of the most popular and famous out of Norway today,  Reitan's paintings have found the walls of public and private collections the world over. Patrons of his work include numerous Norwegian governmental departments and organizations, Victoria & David Beckham, Statoil, Manchester United footballer Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Bruce Springsteen, and Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway. In 2000, Elling Reitan's work was selected to adorn the Nobel Peace Prize diploma awarded to Laureate Kim Dae-jung

Peer Gynt AS holds a festival each year in the town of Vinstra in Gudbrandsdalen to celebrate Ibsen's play, Peer Gynt. The festival notably awards those Norwegians who have made a positive national and international impression. Elling Reitan was named the Peer Gynt Artist of the year in 2005. The exhibition in the Coltvet Room features many of the pieces Reitan made that were inspired by Peer Gynt, including colorful depictions of Peer's Ride Over Beseggen, Anitra's Dance, In the Hall of the Mountain King, and Solveig's Song.

Norway Art is based at Norway House, where visitors make appointments at their convenience to view some of the art from the Norway Art collection and possibly choose a treasure for their home or office. Since 1979 when Mary Jo Thorsheim established the Norway Art business, fine prints and paintings have been imported to the United States and Canada.


Elling Reitan (b. 1949 in Trondheim) is a pupil of Odd Nerdrum and Bjørn Sverrbo and his mentor is Jens Johannessen. He dedicates his butterfly motif to Jens Johannessen, which can be found in many of his works, spreading its wings out from a female form or from a “picture in the picture. Yet Reitan has found and developed his own, specific style, often influenced by Edvard Munch and religious Middle Age motifs in strong colors.

He has participated in more than 150 separate and group exhibitions in Norway and abroad, and he made his debut in a juried exhibition in Trondheim’s Kunstforening in 1979.

Today, Elling Reitan is one of Norway’s most renowned and popular, contemporary multi-media artists (his work includes not just paintings and watercolors, but also coal drawings, lithographs, carborundum colour etchings, serigraphs, and glassware). He has found his personal style which is unique for him--bold colors, motifs, and composition. He is often called “The artist with the beautiful colors.”


The NORWAY ART® business has been importing Scandinavian prints and paintings since 1979. Although based in Minneapolis at Norway House, Norway Art’s clients live in many parts of the US and Canada, as well as abroad. People visit Norway Art by appointment with its owner, Dr. Mary Jo Thorsheim, at their convenience. 



Thorsheim performs appraisals of original Scandinavian paintings, offers
consultation to individuals, businesses and other organizations, and is a well-known
writer and speaker on the art of Scandinavia. She has operated the Norway Art
business parallel to careers as a professor and consultant in health care, research
design and proposal development, and program evaluation. Masters and doctoral
studies at the University of Minnesota followed her professional experience as a
department head at the Mayo Clinic and she earned the Ph.D. degree in educational
psychology with related study in Public Health in 1982. Her art education includes
study at St. Olaf College, the University of Minnesota, and in Norway. She began
studying art as a child. Art and Norway have been life-long interests and the focus
of her fascinating business.

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