Edvard Munch spent his first of many summers in Åsgårdstrand in 1889. In 1897, he bought a small fisherman’s cottage here, which he came to refer to as his “happy place”.
The distinctive shorelines of Åsgårdstrand immediately captured Munch’s interest. His stylized rendition of these shores, often combined with moonlight, became a recurring element in his large existential project The Frieze of Life. The shores of Åsgårdstrand also appear in more cheerful paintings of life by the Oslo fjord.