Colonel Heg at Chickamauga, Herbjørn Gausta - Fine Arts
  • Date ca. 1915
  • Place of Origin Winona, MN
  • Creator Herbjørn Gausta

Hans Christian Heg was born in Lier, Buskerud, Norway on December 21, 1829. In 1840, his family emigrated to Wisconsin. When the Civil War broke out, Heg was appointed colonel of the 15th Wisconsin Volunteer Regiment by Governor Alexander Randall. The regiment was primarily made up of Norwegian immigrants. Colonel Heg was mortally wounded at the Battle of Chickamauga.

Herbjørn Gausta was born on Gausta Farm, Vestfjorddalen, Telemark, Norway on June 16, 1854. He and his family emigrated to the Harmony, Minnesota area in 1867. He began his education at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa with the intention of becoming a teacher. However, his increasing interest in art led him to Oslo and Munich to train as a painter. In 1888, he returned to Minnesota. Although known today for his Norwegian and Midwestern landscapes and genre paintings, Gausta made his living by producing altar paintings. He died in 1924.

Vesterheim has 52 artworks by Gausta.

  • Materials Oil on artist's board
  • Dimensions height, 14.25 inches; width, 11.75 inches
  • Identifier / Source 1967.052.001 - Gift of Tollef Sanderson and Ella Sanderson Selving
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