German artist Ludwig Munthe was born on March 11, 1841 at Årøy, near Sogndal in Sogn og Fjordane, Norway. Initially Munthe was the pupil of German painter and architect Franz Wilhelm Schiertz (1813-1887) in Bergen in 1858 before moving to Germany to study at the Düsseldorf Academy in 1861 as a pupil of Albert Flamm (1823-1906). Munthe’s work focused on seasonal coastal and landscape views and melancholic and twilight winter scenes of Düsseldorf where he maintained his permanent residence. He was knighted with the French Legion of Honour in 1878 and was appointed Knight of the Order of St. Olav in 1881.
Munthe’s works are currently in the collections at the Oslo National Gallery, the National Museum in Stockholm, the National Gallery in Berlin, the Kunsthalle in Mannheim, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Holloway at the University of London and the Museums Sheffield.