Monday, July 30, 2007

The birth place of Edvard Munch

Engelaug, Østre in Løten

As we drove back from Rokoberget, we passed the small community of Ådals bruk, an old industrial community and the home of Aadals Brug Jernstøberi & Mekaniske Verksted and Klevfos Cellulose & Papirfabrikk.

We passed Engelaug, Østre. On this beautiful old farm one of the most famous Norwegians was born December 12th 1863 - Edvard Munch.

His father, Christian Munch, advanced to the position as doctor for one of the military units stationed in the area. The first daughter, Johanne Sophie was born at By in Løten in September 1862. In 1863, the young doctor and his wife had rented three roms of the upper floor, where the young Edvard was born.

So here, we are on historic ground, as few Norwegians have had the influence on world culture as Edvard Munch has had.

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