Artist Blog // Theodor Kittelsen’s Landscapes

Kittelsen's Landscapes

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Welcome to this week’s artist blog. Every week we hope to post an artist blog to show a couple of interesting art assets that may or may not make it into the final version of Through the Woods. These could be character models, environments, concept art, monsters, objects in the game world, and so on.

Here’s this week’s art blog, featuring Kittelsen’s landscapes

Howdy ho. This week we have a very interesting artist blog for you. This is the second part of a four-part series that we will be releasing at intervals over the next few weeks, in which we will look at some of the art that has inspired Through the Woods. You can take a look at part one, Kittelsen’s forest creatures, if you missed it.

In this second part, we’re sharing some more paintings by Theodor Kittelsen, my favourite Norwegian artist.

Theodor Kittelsen's Landscapes

Now, I am no art expert, as you will shortly find out if you read any further, but I will do my best to explain why Kittelsen’s landscapes have inspired us, and why I still get surprised every time I take a few minutes to look at his paintings.


For me there is an overarching loneliness to Kittelsen’s landscapes, and his paintings in general. I don’t know if this is a Norwegian thing or a Kittelsen thing, but I see it in his work either way. I often hear it told that Norwegians love nothing more than to go off into the trees and mountains alone, to get away from everything and to be closer to the lovely nature they surrounds them. This does not represent a lot of Norwegians I know, especially the younger ones, but I always get the sense Norwegians love nature and being outside a lot more then I do.


The strange thing about Kittelsen’s landscapes is that there is usually a figure in them. They are not just paintings of scenes, but of people, or usually, just one person, in a scene. Not being an art graduate, and having no great imagination to speak of, I cannot say why this is. To me, it says that what most people would consider uninhabitable wilderness, and empty miles of trees and hills, to the Norwegian, is a place to explore, to be at one with nature and even to live.


Ok that’s enough amateur art critiquing for this week. Keep your eyes open for next week’s artist blog and, in the coming weeks, for the third part of this inspiration art series.

Until next time.

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