Christian Krohg was a genius Norwegian painter, artist, illustrator and author. He was born in Oslo on August 13th, 1852. He was one of five children born to Georg Anton Krohg and Sophie Amalia Holst. His grandfather was a prominent politician. His father was both a civil servant and a writer. His family was multi-talented. He never let a day go by without accomplishing something.
Krohg’s mother passed away in 1861. His aunt took care of the household. Krohg was sent to the Hartvig Nissen School. His father had one demand: his son must study Law and become a lawyer. Krohg followed his father’s wishes. However, he had other ideas. His dream was to become a painter. He wanted a life in which he could express himself.
Krohg followed his ambitions after becoming a lawyer. He studied art and traveled to Europe. He painted and wrote news articles and stories. He was, in some ways, like Ernest Hemingway. He painted the things he knew and what he experienced. Krohg brought art from Romanticism to Realism. His paintings depicted the lives of men and women at that time in their day-to-day activities.