Karl Edvard Diriks – From Drobaksundet
Karl Edvard Diriks (9 January 1855 – 17 March 1930) was a Norwegian painter.
He was born in Christiania (now Oslo, Norway) to Christian Ludvig Diriks and Benedicte Henriette Munch. He was a grandson of government minister Christian Adolph Diriks and a nephew of Carl Frederik Diriks. He began to study to become an architect at Karlsruhe, Germany from 1874 to 1875 and later in Berlin. He was married to painter and sculptor Anna Diriks (1870-1932). They resided in France between 1899 and 1921.
He is known for his naturalist outdoor paintings of clouds, rain squalls, snow flurry, storms and rough seas. He is represented with thirteen works in the National Gallery of Norway, in a number of other Norwegian galleries, and in galleries in France and Germany. He was decorated Knight, First Class of the Order of St. Olav, and Officer of the French Legion of Honour in 1920.
Like some folks I know, Dad’s money and position allowed Karl to follow his muse- and he got very good at it. Almost anyone artistic needs a mentor of some sort; it’s damned near impossible to make a living at it. Enjoy the landscapes!