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Stang, Ragna

    Full Name: Stang, Ragna

    Other Names:

    • Ragna Stang

    Gender: female

    Date Born: unknown

    Date Died: 1978

    Home Country/ies: Norway

    Subject Area(s): Modern (style or period) and Norwegian (culture)


    Authority on modern Norwegian art; director of the Munch Museum, Oslo. Stang was the daughter of Jens Thiis, a friend and patron of Norwegian Symbolist artist Edvard Munch. She married Nicholay Stang (1908-1971). She began her life as a renaissance scholar. She worked to develop the Oslo Kommunes Kunstsamlinger (Oslo Municipal Art Collection). In 1977 she published her monograph on the life and work of Munch in Norwegian. The book was translated into English, but before publication Stang was killed in an automobile accident.

    Selected Bibliography

    Edvard Munch: mennesket og kunstneren. Oslo: Aschehoug, 1977, English, Edvard Munch: the Man and his Art. New York: Abbeville Press, 1979; Gustav Vigeland. 1869-1969. Oslo: Tanum, 1969; Gustav Vigeland: en kunstner og hans verk. Oslo: J.G. Tanum, 1965, English, Gustav Vigeland: the Sculptor and his Works. Oslo: J.G. Tanum, 1965; Barokk, rokokko og klassisisme. Oslo: Aschehoug, 1949; and Stang, Nicolay. De store billedhuggere og borger-republikken. Oslo: Grundt Tanum, 1959, volume 2 of Livet og kunsten i ungrenessansens Firenze. 2 vols. Oslo: J. Grundt Tanum, 1956.


    [editor’s preface] Smith, John Boulton. Edvard Munch: the Man and his Art. New York: Abbeville Press, 1979, p [i]


    "Stang, Ragna." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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