KK02 – King Olav V

18 x 13 cm, coated 280 g Invercote.

King Olav V

As Crown Prince King Olav stood tirelessly by his father’s side throughout the war. In their exile in London, they represented the constitutional Norway together with their government. Crown Prince Olav participated actively in Norwegian state affairs and on the international political scene.

The two often visited Allied training camps in Britain and Canada and Crown Prince Olav travelled several times to the US. There he made great efforts with his Crown Princess Märtha campaigning for the Americans to entering the war. He also was Commander in Chief for the Armed Forces at the liberation and became one of Northern Europe’s most decorated officers.

«The Kings of the Liberation»
A unique and historical series of postcards. In connection with the 70th anniversary of the liberation from Nazi Germany’s occupation artist Ross Kolby was commissioned to portray Norway’s three generations of monarchs attached to World War II.

Kolby named the portraits «The Kings of the Liberation» and painted intimate, psychological studies that for the first time portray the three majesties side by side, in their reign and at the same age.

The paintings are permanently displayed at Norway’s Resistance Museum at Akershus Fortress in Oslo.

Here you can see the 10 minute long dokumentary “The Kings of the Liberation” to see the historic context of the paintings.

The kings of the liberation from HACIENDA FILM NORWAY on Vimeo.