Originalt svart hvitt foto av Edvard Munch på Ramme gård.

Edvard Munch at Ramme

Ramme Gaards history is very old, but our story begins in 1910. It was the year when Edvard Munch bought Nedre Ramme in Hvitsten to produce some of his greatest works of art depicting the area. Munch’s artistic activity at Nedre Ramme is concentrated in the period 1911 to 1919, when he painted the most important images associated with the site. The greatest productivity was in 1914 and 1915, at the time when he worked at the Alma Mater of the Aula ( University of Oslo ), while he performed a large amount of pictures of bathers on the rocks. Right above the beach, in the woods, you will find Ramme Gaard. An inspiring destination for art, culture and nature.

Edvard Munch bought the Nedre Ramme estate from the daughters of German Vice-Consul Hjalmar Juell in November 1910.

The property is idyllically situated on a promontory in a bay by the Oslo fjord. Here Edvard Munch lived sheltered in a beautiful environment, surrounded by the fjord, lush forest, garden, animals, and his helpers—within easy reach of the capital.

The property gave Munch a garden, shoreline, a traditional clinker-built boat, servants hall, coal shed, and a French chateau style main house.


Edvard Munchs hjem, Nedre Ramme, eller Muncheramme, i Hvitsten.

A healthier life and vitalism!

At Nedre Ramme, Munch lived a healthier life, seeking proximity to nature, animals, the sun, and the sea. Here he lived ensconced in the natural world and at one with nature. From his previous residence he carried with him his renewed interest in the Norwegian landscape.

Here he emphasized the natural surroundings and created works of art in a vitalist style: His motifs became luscious, imbuing nature and people with vitality and colour.


An artist depends on his model or models

Edvard Munch’s models were often friends or employees at one of his properties.

Ingeborg Kaurin (1894–1972) was a trained housekeeper and cook. Kaurin became not only the artist’s housekeeper, but also his most popular model in the period 1911–1915. Munch painted her in scenes from their daily lives and while she worked, in addition to more intimate scenes and nudes.

Solveig Kaurin vacationed with her sister and Munch at Nedre Ramme. She got to study his art and model for several artworks. Solveig’s mother also became a model and sat for the mother figure in the Alma Mater.

Edvard Munch, Forskerne/Alma Mater, 1914

The Aula Decorations

In conjunction with the centenary celebration of the University of Oslo in 1911, an aula was commissioned in classical style connected to the already existing building in Karl Johans gate. The auditorium was to be decorated with contemporary art and a competition to this effect was initiated with popular and renowned artists in 1909.

At Ramme, Munch sourced the concept design for one of three central motifs of the Aula’s eleven paintings: The Researchers/Alma Mater. Furthermore, the motif for Harvesting Women is also from Nedre Ramme. When it became clear that no one had won the competition and that the Aula was to be inaugurated with yellow silk wallpaper covering the walls, Munch continued his work on the decorations.

In the open-air studio at Nedre Ramme he made small-scale versions of the eleven motifs.

The small-scale Aula decorations were exhibited both at home and abroad, where they received publicity and aroused interest. This became an important contributing factor that has resulted in his Aula decorations (in large format) adorning the University Aula today.

Karen Borgen—Ingeborg and Solveig Kaurin’s mother—modelled for the mother figure in The Researchers/Alma Mater. The work Neutralia bears striking similarities to Harvesting Women in the Aula, and depicts Ingeborg Kaurin sitting under a tree, while her sister Solveig picks apples. Nedre Ramme remained in Edvard Munch’s possession until his death in 1944.


Edvard Munch’s villa

Edvard Munch bought the property Nedre Ramme in 1910 and kept it until his death in 1944. Now you can visit Munch’s country house and walk in the coastal landscape that inspired him.


Ramme Art Gallery

At the art gallery you can experience Norwegian artists from the 1800s and 1900s, who lived and created art in our local area. This years exhibition: Edv. Munch at Ramme, featuring works on paper

Oppdag Solveig og eplet av Peter Linde. Foto: Per Sollerman

Guided Tour

Munch wandering with guide

Join us on a historical journey through the cultural landscape to Øvre and Nedre Ramme, experiencing the area through Munch’s eyes.