Nowadays we are so much into the Digital Era, that we can’t picture ourselves without tablets, laptops, computers, mobiles, and of course: internet. I have noticed the last years it has never been so easy to arrange a jam with your artist friends, whether they are in your neighborhood or in the other side of the world.
Working with different programs is no longer an issue, when the same can exchange/open a common file. You can work on the jam on a time you set with your artist friends or work whenever it fits for you and send the file when you have your part done.
Long ago, things were way different. Artistic collaborations were not much common to the extent we have today and one needed to meet in person to get it done. The artist was dependent on available sun or candle light and nonetheless had to wait for the natural processes of the paint/media used at the occasion, not to mention he had many times to make their own canvas and paint.
This is exactly what happened in 1848, when artists Adolph Tidemand and Hans Gude decided to do an art jam. More than that, they decided to join their talents in a remarkable painting which entered for Norwegian History and is kept at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo.
“Brudeferd I Hardanger” (Bridal Procession in Hardanger) is a beautiful and classic oil painting, showing landmarks of the Nordic land such as the fjords, high mountains with snowy tops, stave churches and “bunader” (folk historical costumes), becoming a Norwegian national symbol in arts.
This particular painting achieved such a huge success because of the artists’ vision on combining their strengths: Gude was a master on depicting landscapes while Tidemand was a master in portraiture.
Needless to say, Gude composed the landscape in the painting, out of different locations in Hardanger and Sogn og Fjordane. Tidemand painted and gave life to the characters in the boat and (perhaps) also those along the composition of 93×130 cm.
Would you like to read more about the subject of art jams and collaborations?
Check “Art Coolab – Artistic Collaboration in the Digital Era” blog and get an overview of this experiment transformed into a book. Click HERE.