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Below: Winter Landscape (1954) can be seen in the Owner’s Suite on board Viking Sky blinded. He only ever regained sight in his left eye. Art historian Karin Hellandsjø has suggested this blindness may be behind the direction his art was to take—“towards an explosion of color and light.” Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, Weidemann experimented with different artistic ideas and eventually found his style in an expressive, lyrically abstract art with nature as inspiration. The artist did not use concrete, recognizable motifs but depicted experiences and impressions, as well as colors and shapes from the natural world in an abstract way. Many of his paintings in this style are characterized by light hues of blue, pink, yellow, green and violet. His breakthrough exhibition took place at Blomqvist’s fine art gallery in Oslo in 1946, and other notable showcases of his work took place twice at the Bergen International Festival and at the Venice Biennale in 1967. The National Museum in Oslo owns more than 30 of his paintings. Among the most renowned pieces on display are Brytningstid (1968), Epleblomst (1973) and Blomst i sne (1995), translated respectively as Breaking Time, Apple Flower and Flower in Snow. Viking is the proud owner of 47 pieces of Weidemann’s art, including two untitled paintings from 1963 and 1976 showcased on board Viking Sea and Impressions of Nature (1985) on board Viking Sun. ARTIST PROFILE: EDVARD MUNCH A tenacious approach to painting, drawing and printmaking made Norwegian artist Edvard Munch one of the most significant figures in modernist art Born in Norway in 1863, Munch’s childhood was marked by tragedy. His mother passed away from tuberculosis when he was just five years old and his older sister, Sophie, passed away from the same disease nine years later. These bereavements left a lifelong impression on Munch and are thought to have influenced the themes of loss, anxiety and human vulnerability which pervade much of his work. In particular, Death in the Sickroom (1895) and The Sick Child (1907) draw on his early experiences of grief. Raised in Kristiania (today’s Oslo), Munch enrolled at the city’s Royal School of Art and Design in 1881. He began to live a bohemian life and made friends with nihilist Hans Jæger, who encouraged Munch to paint his own emotional and psychological 8 VIKING.COM EXPLORE MORE 2020

CULTURE states. It was then that his distinctive style began to emerge. But travel brought new influences. Arriving in Paris in 1889, he was greatly inspired by Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh and Henri de Toulouse- Lautrec. Then, from 1892, Munch spent several years exhibiting and working in Berlin before dividing most of his time between the two cities. During this decade, Munch was part of the symbolist movement and embarked on The Frieze of Life, a major canon of work depicting deep emotions such as love, anxiety, jealousy and betrayal. Included in this series is his painting entitled The Scream, which has become one of the most iconic images in art history. Representing an expression of the existential anxiety and despair of the modern man, the painting features thick bands of intense color and highly stylized forms. From the turn of the century, Munch pioneered expressionist art. In 1909, he returned to Norway and his reunion with Norwegian nature resulted in a multitude of landscapes, as well as his monumental paintings—History, The Sun and Alma Mater—for the University Aula. Munch spent the last two decades of his life working in peace and privacy at his estate Ekely in Skøyen, where he died in January 1944. Over 60 years as an artist, he produced more than 1,000 paintings; 4,000 drawings; and 15,000 prints. Alongside The Scream, other renowned pieces from the artist dubbed the “Radical Father of Expressionism” include Night in Saint-Cloud (1890), Madonna (1894) and The Dance of Life (1889). More than half of his paintings and nearly all of his print reliefs are on display at the Munch Museum in Oslo, while Viking is the proud custodian of one of the largest private collections outside of the Norwegian capital, with 28 original pieces on display on our ocean ships. Above, right to left: Many pieces of Munch’s work can be seen on board Viking ocean ships; Self-Portrait by Edvard Munch painted in 1895 EXPLORE MORE 2020 VIKING.COM 9