Bengt Nordenberg

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Bengt Nordenberg
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Born Bengt Nordenberg
(1822-04-22)22 April 1822
Jämshög, Blekinge, Sweden
Died 18 December 1902(1902-12-18) (aged 80)
Düsseldorf, Germany
Nationality Sweden Swedish
Education Royal Swedish Academy of Arts and Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
Known for Painting
Movement Düsseldorf school of painting
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Bengt Nordenberg (April 22, 1822 – December 18, 1902) was a Swedish artist who belonged to the Düsseldorf school of painting. He is best known for his genre paintings with everyday life scenes from the Dalarna, Skåne and Blekinge areas of Sweden. However, he moved to Düsseldorf, Germany in the 1850s, working with other painters. Nordenberg has also painted pictures of middle-class and upper-class life, and also religious paintings and altarpieces.

Nordenberg was born in Jämshög, in the south of Sweden, on April 22, 1822. He grew up in poverty and became an apprentice to a painter in Sölvesborg. In 1843 he fulfilled his wish to come to Stockholm and study at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts. In the autumn of 1851, he went to Düsseldorf, where first Theodor Hildebrandt and then later, Adolph Tidemand became his teachers. In particular, the latter had a big influence on Nordenberg's painting style and subject matter. For some time he worked as an assistant to Tidemand, making reproductions of his paintings.

In 1856 Nordenberg received a travel grant from the Swedish state. He studied with Thomas Couture for one and a half years, made a short stop in Düsseldorf, and in the autumn of 1858 he went to Rome. He returned, however, soon to Düsseldorf, where he settled for life.