Lars Jonson Haukaness

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Lars Jonson Haukaness
Born(1862-02-28)February 28, 1862
Folkedal, Norway
DiedSeptember 4, 1929(1929-09-04) (aged 67)
Occupationimpressionist painter and art instructor
Known forlandscapes

Lars Jonson Haukaness (February 28, 1862 – September 4, 1929) was a Norwegian born American-Canadian impressionist painter and art instructor who was known for his landscapes.

Early life and education[edit]

Haukaness was from the village of Folkedal, in Granvin municipality in the county of Hordaland, Norway. He was born the third of four sons of John Sjursen and Elisabet Haaversdatter on the Haukenæs farm in the Ulvik parish. In 1882, Haukaness receive a grant from the government of Norway,[1] and from 1882 until 1885 he studied at the Royal Academy of Art (now the Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry) with Knud Bergslien in Oslo.[2] [3][4]


In 1888, Haukaness immigrated to the United States locating in Chicago, Illinois. Haukaness was a designer and painter for the World's Columbian Exposition between 1892 and 1893. Works by Haukaness were exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1901 and 1902. Between 1902 and 1909, he lived in Madison, Wisconsin and Spring Grove, Minnesota, where he worked as a portrait and landscape painter.[1] From 1909 until 1913, he returned to Norway. Upon returning to the United States, Haukaness conducted exhibits in Chicago, Madison and Minneapolis.[5] He also worked as a cartoonist.[6]

In 1921, Haukaness moved to Manitoba, where he taught art in Winnipeg.[7] In 1923, he was awarded a prize at the Chicago-Norwegian Exhibition. Works by Haukaness were exhibited at the Minnesota State Fair in 1925.

In 1926, Haukaness moved to Calgary, where he taught at the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art (now Alberta College of Art and Design)[8][9][10] and introduced his students to modern art and impressionism.[11] His students included Canadian artist Maxwell Bates.[12] He painted frequently in the Ptarmigan Valley.[13]

Death and legacy[edit]

In 1929, while head of the art department at the Institute, Haukaness died.[14] Art by Haukaness has been shown at exhibitions sponsored by St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota. Works by Haukaness are presently featured in several art museums including the Minneapolis Institute of Art and in the University of Alberta Art Collection.[15]


  1. ^ a b "GENIUS OFHAUKANESS CONCEDED BY CRITICS". The Minneapolis Journal from Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 7, 1905 · Page 11
  2. ^ Digitalarkivet: 1865 Census for Ulvik (National Archives of Norway)[1]
  3. ^ Lars Jonson Haukaness (Luther College. Fine Arts Department)
  4. ^ Marilyn Baker (14 May 2014). The Winnipeg School of Art: The Early Years. Univ. of Manitoba Press. p. 59. ISBN 978-0-88755-386-8.
  5. ^ Haukaness, Lars Jonson. The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  6. ^ Lloyd Hustvedt (1962). Pioneer scholar: a biography of Rasmus Bjørn Anderson. University of Wisconsin--Madison. p. 321.
  7. ^ Lars Haukaness (Manitoba Historical Society )
  8. ^ Collinson, Helen (Autumn 1984). "Lars Haukaness, Artist and Instructor". Alberta History. 32 (4): 11–20.
  9. ^ Alberta History. 34-36. Historical Society of Alberta. 1986. p. 31.
  10. ^ Edmonton Art Gallery; Glenbow-Alberta Institute (1973). Art in Alberta: Paul Kane to the Present. Edmonton Art Gallery.
  11. ^ Patricia Ainslie; Mary-Beth LaViolette (18 April 2007). Alberta Art and Artists: An Overview. Fitzhenry & Whiteside. pp. 26, 29.
  12. ^ Jane Lytton Gooch (2010). Bow Lake: Wellspring of Art. Rocky Mountain Books Ltd. p. 49. ISBN 978-1-926855-05-9.
  13. ^ Chloe Ernst (14 June 2011). Scenic Driving Atlantic Canada: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland & Labrador. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 57, 80. ISBN 978-0-7627-6947-6.
  14. ^ Patricia Ainslie; Glenbow Museum (1984). Images of the Land: Canadian Block Prints, 1919-1945. Glenbow Museum. p. 88. ISBN 978-0-919224-40-7.
  15. ^ Museums and Collections Services (The University of Alberta Art Collection) "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2009-10-26.

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