KK04 – King Haakon VII

18 x 13 cm, coated 280 g Invercote.

King Haakon VII
It is hardly possible to exaggerate King Haakon’s role and importance for Norway during WWII. His famous “no” to Hitler’s demands of a Norwegian capitulation on April 10th is historic. The King, Crown Prince and government then escaped northwards from German troops, while trying to administer a country in chaos. After 60 days of fighting it was clear that Norway had to surrender and The King and his cabinet fled to London to continue the fight for a free country. Throughout the rest of the war The King became an invaluable symbol and rallying point both for the resistance movement at home and the Norwegian forces abroad.

«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.