Odd Nerdrum

Crossing BordersFrenzied WomenMaenads


He was born in Helsingborg, Sweden during the last year of World War II, 1944. His parents, resistance fighters, had been sent to Sweden from German-occupied Norway to direct guerrilla activities from outside the country. Themes and style in Nerdrum’s work reference anecdote and narrative. Primary influences by the painters Rembrandt and Caravaggio help place his work in direct conflict with the abstraction and conceptual art considered acceptable in much of his native Norway however he remains the most famous artist in his home country.