Harald Damsleth, See the bright summer nights of Norway, 1937

Harald Damsleth worked as an illustrator for Norway’s national tourism industry (1931-1938) and as a freelance illustrator. He produced over 5000 paintings, posters and images during his 40-year career. Damsleth’s depiction of a quaint village in the countryside offers a romantic glimpse
into Norwegian culture to entice American travelers. No work of art by Damsleth, including this poster, is found in Norway outside of the country’s Military Museum. Damsleth is notoriously known as a traitor and a Nazi sympathizer who produced oppressive propaganda during the German occupation of Norway from 1940-1945. This poster was printed three years prior to the invasion of Norway.

Harald Damsleth (Norwegian, b. Germany, 1906-1971) See the Bright Summer Nights of Norway, 1937 Lithograph on paper Gift of Elma Pratt