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The Norwegian painter Nikolai Astrup is a unique and innovative artist. His paintings feature intense use of color, depicting lush landscapes in the Vestlandet region, as well as the traditional way of life. He was born in 1857 and died in 1956. In his later years, he focused on creating more modern works based on traditional themes. Despite his innovative style, his work remains timeless and is a must-see for art enthusiasts.

Astrup lived and worked in Alhus, where his father served as pastor. He was discouraged from studying at home, so he was sent to his grandmother's school in Trondheim. The boy's enthusiasm for art came before his graduation. He showed no interest in natural science or mathematics, and was often ill. His artistic interests, however, led him to explore the world of art in art galleries. In addition to modern Norwegian landscape art, he was inspired by the art of Norwegian masters of the past.

His works are now regarded as national treasures. The exhibition at KODE, the largest museum of Norwegian paintings, showcases a variety of his work. 

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