THE NATIONAL GALLERY
This state museum, a short walk from the Students' Grove, has an intriguing collection of works by world-famous artists, including Cizanne and Matisse. It's recommended chiefly for its paintings by Norwegians, particularly the leading Romantic landscape painter Johan Christian Dahl (1788-1857). Three other outstanding Norwegian artists were highly valued for their realistic works.
On the main staircase is a display of Norwegian sculpture from 1910 to 1945. Note especially the works of Gustav Vigeland and the two rooms devoted to Edvard Munch. His much-reproduced work The Scream was painted in 1893. It was stolen in 1994 and subsequently recovered.
Harriet Backer, a leading painter in the 1880s, was famous for interior portraits of Norwegian life; Christian Krohg painted subjects from seafarers to prostitutes; and Erik Werenskiold is noted for Peasant Funeral.