Artist Widerberg dies at 82

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Frans Widerberg, one of Norway’s most well-known painters and graphic artists, died on Friday in his home in Oslo after what his family called a short illness. He was 82.

Widerberg, who was knighted in 1997, was considered one of Norway’s most prominent contemporary artists, known for his use of bold colors dominated by red, blue and yellow. His career spanned more than 50 years after he opted against following in his father’s footsteps and becoming a mason.

Widerberg’s own two sons, Nico and Thomas, followed in his footsteps and became prominent artists themselves. All three mounted a joint exhibit as late as last year, at the local artists’ association Bærum Kunstforening west of Oslo.

Funeral arrangements were pending. staff