ROSEMALING / ROGOLAND
Norwegian Rosemaling (“rose painting") which flourished in the 18th and 19th centuries, with its bold colours, stylized roses and acanthus scrolls is stroke work painting at its finest. Blended and flowing 'C' and 'S' strokes are used to make up the scrolls, and the design is enhanced with commas, teardrops and fine sweeping strokes. Household objects, walls and ceilings were painted in this style which derives from the elaborate carved scrolls found on Viking longboats. Regional variations due to Norway’s isolated mountainous regions are Hallingdal with its Baroque style, Telemark which is influenced by the Rococo style and Rogaland which has an Oriental flavour.