Artists joining on expeditions

It has been a tradition to take artist along on scientific expeditions. The very first pictures of the North of Norway were a result of exactly these kind of undertakings, more and more frequent from the 18th century on.

Artists primarily partook to document landscapes and scientific findings through drawings and scetches and more elaborate graphic techniques later on. Also painters joined the expeditions and were able to show raw and exotic nature in the European salons afterwards. Eventually, photography took over this documenting function.

Presently, we have a clear understanding of this landscape, it is no longer unknown. Today's artists joining on polar expeditions are witnessing a changing and maybe disappearing landscape: it still is a majestic and grand landscape, but other angles and reflections give it a murkier undertone.