Seven Brothers to the dense psychodramas of August Strindburg. Norwegian literature was my least favorite: Ibsen's A Doll's House and An Enemy of the People, Undset's Happy Times in Norway, Hamsun's Growth of the Soil. All dark and dreary and over-realistic.
(Trond Peter Stamsø Munch, top photo, who played Edvard in the 1990 film adaption, also starred in the Disney movie Shipwrecked.)
Ok, so maybe the artist was gay?
He was Koloman Moser (1868-1918), an Austrian artist who specialized in graphic design. His work is reminiscent of tBritish Decadents like Aubrey Beardsley, with some Art Deco thrown in.
Here a golden boy with a very small penis wins a fight.
Moser didn't marry until he was 37, and his wife turned out to be the wealthy Editha Mautner-Markhof.
The verdict: Impossible to tell if he was gay in real life or not. But he did produce some nicely homoerotic paintings.