Norwegian Rosemaling

norwegian rosemaling by rhoda fritsch floral painting, rosemaling video, rosemaling packets, telemark, rogaland, hallingdal
The word rosemaling is used to describe a form of decorative flower painting that originated in Norway in the 1700s. These graceful designs are derived from C and S strokes and are characterized by flowing lines and scroll, imaginative, fanciful flowers, and subtle colors. Rosemaling may also incorporate figures, scenes and script lettering.

Several different styles of rosemaling exist, each named for the region in which it originated. The most common styles seen today are Telemark, Hallingdal and Rogaland.

One talented artist who has greatly contributed to keeping the rosemaling tradition alive today is Rhoda Fritsch. She is a Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum Rosemaling Gold Medalist who has studied extensively both in the United States and Norway. Her work is sold through the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa. She has an instructional rosemaling video and pattern packets also available through Vesterheim museum.

For a more in-depth history and description of this beautiful art form, or to see more of Rhoda's rosemaling, please visit her website:

Norwegian Rosemaling by Rhoda Fritsch


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