Marianne Magnus, Night Roses, 2002


Marianne Magnus was inspired by the dark red roses growing in her own garden. The artist wanted to create a sense of the three-dimensional form of the roses in the two-dimensional medium of the tapestry. The roses appear to float over the background weave, creating an impression of volume. The artist uses only wool from an old Norwegian sheep breed "spelsau" in her tapestries, and from a distance this gives an impression of the tapestries being glossy, almost metallic. This is an illusion, as "spelsau" wool has long glossy fibres, which when spun acquire a shiny character.

This was gifted by the Norwegian Parliament in 2003.  Red roses tapestry

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