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Aksel Waldemar Johannessen (1880–1922)

Norwegian graphic artist, sculptor and painter of expressionism.Created by: PICRYL - Public Domain Media Search EngineDated: 1880
Aksel Waldemar Johannessen grew up in the slums of Hammersborg, a district of Oslo. He later attended the National School of Arts and Crafts, where he studied sculpture under Lars Utne. In 1907, Johannessen married his former classmate Anna Nilsen, and their relationship produced two daughters. Around 1910 the couple moved to Gjøvik, where Johannessen worked in a furniture company as a woodcarver and furniture designer. At the beginning of World War I, he returned to Oslo with his family and began to paint. Johannessen developed his own complex world of images and thoughts, which found expression in a realistic and socially critical art. In 1921, doctors diagnosed his wife with cancer, and Aksel Waldemar turned more and more to alcohol. Weakened in health, Aksel Waldemar Johannessen died of pneumonia.

Johannessen's paintings were exhibited for the first time after his death. The eminent Norwegian critic Jappe Nilssen, discoverer and best friend of Edvard Munch, wrote perhaps the best review of his career: "...I can hardly remember having seen anything like it in Nordic painting." Munch himself said, "...no better pictures are being painted today. Johannessen was then forgotten and only rediscovered in 1990 by the art collector Haakon Mehren.

The play "The Forgotten Painter" by Alexander Kratzer (premiered in 2011 with Harald Bodingbauer as Aksel Waldemar Johannessen and Thomas Schächl as Haakon Mehren, directed by Andreas Baumgartner) brings the story of the rediscovery to life.
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Johannessen - Nach der Vorstellung - 1918

Johannessen - Nach der Vorstellung - 1918

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Johannessen - Segelboot am Meer, ca 1918

Johannessen - Segelboot am Meer, ca 1918

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Johannessen - Solveig auf einem Stuhl sitzend von hinten - 1920

Johannessen - Solveig auf einem Stuhl sitzend von hinten - 1920

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Johannessen - Haarwäsche - 1920.  Norway

Johannessen - Haarwäsche - 1920. Norway

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Johannessen - Landøen in Asker -1916

Johannessen - Landøen in Asker -1916

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Johannessen - Pflügen im Frühjahr - 1916-18

Johannessen - Pflügen im Frühjahr - 1916-18

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Johannessen - Frau im Park - 1918

Johannessen - Frau im Park - 1918

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Johannessen - Hund und Rabe - 1918

Johannessen - Hund und Rabe - 1918

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Johannessen - Das Kindelein - 1917

Johannessen - Das Kindelein - 1917

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Johannessen - Lesender - 1918.  Norway

Johannessen - Lesender - 1918. Norway

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Johannessen - Trauer -1922. A painting of a woman holding a child Norway

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Johannessen - Mutter mit Kind - 1918-20

Johannessen - Mutter mit Kind - 1918-20

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Johannessen - Regenwetter - 1915-16

Johannessen - Regenwetter - 1915-16

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Johannessen - Arbeiter - ca 1915

Johannessen - Arbeiter - ca 1915

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Johannessen - Knaben beim Angeln

Johannessen - Knaben beim Angeln

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Johannessen - Christus und der Taubblinde - 1921-22

Johannessen - Christus und der Taubblinde - 1921-22

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Johannessen - Herbststimmung - ca 1916

Johannessen - Herbststimmung - ca 1916

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Johannessen - Selbstbildnis -1922.  Norway

Johannessen - Selbstbildnis -1922. Norway

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Johannessen - Bettler und Hund - 1920

Johannessen - Bettler und Hund - 1920

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Johannessen - Der Morgen danach - 1916

Johannessen - Der Morgen danach - 1916

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Johannessen - Kreuzigung -1922. A painting of jesus on the cross with other people Norway

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Johannessen - Mann mit Kohlköpfen - 1918

Johannessen - Mann mit Kohlköpfen - 1918

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Johannessen - Tochter Aasa am Fenster - 1922

Johannessen - Tochter Aasa am Fenster - 1922

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Aksel Johannessen - Munch mit dem Porträt von Jappe Nilssen big

Aksel Johannessen - Munch mit dem Porträt von Jappe Nilssen big

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Johannessen - Straßenjunge - 1918-22

Johannessen - Straßenjunge - 1918-22

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Johannessen - Alter Mann -1918

Johannessen - Alter Mann -1918

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Johannessen - Die Nacht - ca 1920

Johannessen - Die Nacht - ca 1920

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Johannessen - Kartenspieler - 1918. A painting of a group of people playing cards Norway

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Johannessen - Skiläufer in verschneiter Landschaft - c. 1918

Johannessen - Skiläufer in verschneiter Landschaft - c. 1918

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Johannessen - Haarwäsche 1920. A painting of a woman washing her hair Norway

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Johannessen - Herr der Landstraße - ca 1918

Johannessen - Herr der Landstraße - ca 1918

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Johannessen - Das Mädchen Eli - ca 1918

Johannessen - Das Mädchen Eli - ca 1918

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Johannessen - Der Agitator - ca1914

Johannessen - Der Agitator - ca1914

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Johannessen - Mutter und Tochter-1918

Johannessen - Mutter und Tochter-1918

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Johannessen - Knaben, ein Boot an Land ziehend, ca.1918

Johannessen - Knaben, ein Boot an Land ziehend, ca.1918

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Johannessen - Das Sommerhaus des Künstlers in Asker - 1916

Johannessen - Das Sommerhaus des Künstlers in Asker - 1916

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Johannessen - Mann und schwangere Frau - 1914

Johannessen - Mann und schwangere Frau - 1914

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Antichrists - Aksel Waldemar Johannessen

Antichrists - Aksel Waldemar Johannessen

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Johannessen - Heuernte -ca 1916

Johannessen - Heuernte -ca 1916

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Johannessen - Hungrige Kinder aus Wien - ca 1919

Johannessen - Hungrige Kinder aus Wien - ca 1919

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Johannessen - Kinder (Die Kinder auf der Blumenwiese) - ca 1917

Johannessen - Kinder (Die Kinder auf der Blumenwiese) - ca 1917

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Johannessen - Marktszene - ca 1916

Johannessen - Marktszene - ca 1916

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Johannessen - Frühlingsanbruch - 1918-20

Johannessen - Frühlingsanbruch - 1918-20

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Johannessen - Interieur von Asker -1918-22

Johannessen - Interieur von Asker -1918-22

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Johannesen - Aasa, die Tochter des Künstlers - ca 1918

Johannesen - Aasa, die Tochter des Künstlers - ca 1918

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Johannessen - Aasa, tanzend - 1920

Johannessen - Aasa, tanzend - 1920

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Johannessen - Mann im Profil - 1918

Johannessen - Mann im Profil - 1918

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Johannessen - Mädchen beim Schuhe anziehen - 1922

Johannessen - Mädchen beim Schuhe anziehen - 1922

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Johannessen - Weg im Wald -1916-18

Johannessen - Weg im Wald -1916-18

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Johannessen - Mutter und Tochter - 1918

Johannessen - Mutter und Tochter - 1918

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Johannessen - Trinkerfamilie -ca 1918

Johannessen - Trinkerfamilie -ca 1918

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Johanessen - Mädchen von Hallingdal

Johanessen - Mädchen von Hallingdal

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Johannessen - Auferstehung -1918. A painting of skeletons in a forest with a castle in the background Norway

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Johannessen - Bäckerinnen - 1920. A painting of a woman and a child making dough Norway

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Johannessen - Trinkerfamilie - 1916. A painting of three people sitting on a bench Norway

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Aksel Waldemar Johannessen (self-portrait)

Aksel Waldemar Johannessen (self-portrait)

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Johannessen - Der Weg - ca 1918

Johannessen - Der Weg - ca 1918

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Johannessen - Hund und Rabe - ca 1918

Johannessen - Hund und Rabe - ca 1918

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Johannessen - Mann auf dem Sprungbrett - 1912

Johannessen - Mann auf dem Sprungbrett - 1912

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Johannessen - Mutter mit Kindern (Diptychon) - 1915

Johannessen - Mutter mit Kindern (Diptychon) - 1915

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Johannessen - Ohne Frieden - 1921-22

Johannessen - Ohne Frieden - 1921-22

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Johannessen - Tochter Solveig schlafend - ca 1916
Johannessen - Kräftiger Sturm - 1918-22

Johannessen - Kräftiger Sturm - 1918-22

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Johannessen - Pferde - c.1918

Johannessen - Pferde - c.1918

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Johannessen - Sommernacht - ca 1920

Johannessen - Sommernacht - ca 1920

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Johannessen - Zur Prostitution gezwungen - 1915

Johannessen - Zur Prostitution gezwungen - 1915

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Aksel Johannessen - Self-Portrait - NG.M.01298 - National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design

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