Why was Jæren popular with painters?
It is almost self-explanatory to us today why artists fell in love with the Jæren landscape; it is undoubtedly a picturesque part of Norway. The particularly striking light and the exhaustive sky stretching as far as the eye can see have been an inspiration for the artists, and they were especially fond of painting motifs such as the Jæren beaches with sand dunes, typical Jæren houses and peat harvesting.
Jæren nature and naturalism
In reality, the reason was perhaps more nuanced; in line with the rise of naturalism, the artists wanted to convey something new and genuine, rather than what had traditionally been the subject of Norwegian painting. Motifs such as forest and mountain landscapes elsewhere in Norway stood in stark contrast to Jæren, with its elongated and windswept landscapes. Nature was simply less ostentatious here.