Otto Sinding

Otto Sinding

(1842 - 1909)

Sinding was born in Kongsvinger. He took a degree in law in 1860 and was employed as a secretary by the former Ministry of the Interior..

He studied at art school in Kristiania in 1868, and under Hans Gude in Germany from 1869 to 1873.

He travelled extensively throughout Europe, and gained a reputation within German culture. He exhibited in several German cities and also presented his paintings in several exhibitions at the Paris salon. He maintained contact with Norway, and became fascinated by the landscape and people of Northern Norway.

During the winter of 1886, he was in Lofoten, where he found the ideas and inspiration for many of his most famous paintings, including "Funeral in Lofoten", "From Reine in Lofoten" and "Snowy Landscape from Svolvær". During this period, he became a close friend of Svolvær painter, Gunnar Berg. Along with Peder Balke and Gunnar Berg, Sinding helped make Lofoten famous in the art world, including through numerous exhibitions in Germany.

This led to more and more painters heading for Lofoten to work. The Golden Age began.