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Tangarås at the time when the Kinck family lived there. (Theodor Kinck, owner: Riksantikvaren (Ark nr. B 274)).


From his loft window on the doctor’s farm at Tangarås the young Hans Ernst Kinck had a view of the fjord and the Mauranger mountains. The fjord settlements in West Norway made a strong impression on the young boy when his family moved from Setesdal, from “the stifling mystique of the ballad”, to Strandebarm in 1876. The new district doctor bought the old captain’s farm at Tangarås, which had for some time been a military head farm after Håbrekke further into the settlement.

Theodor Kinck expanded the house at Tangarås when he came there, and rebuilt it in the Swiss style, probably one of the earliest buildings in this style in West Norway. Hans Ernst had his abode in the loft room in the years he lived at home before he went away to study, and later on through many summers. His finely sketched and precise observations of the communities and the people we find in the book “Steder og folke” (“Places and people”) (1924), which shows Hans E. Kink’s mastery; a finely tuned stylist and a sharp observer. It is probably this side of his writing that people have had difficulty in accepting. Already in the first books, “Huldren. Et Vestlandsbillede” (The witch. A picture from West Norway), and “Ungt folk”, (“Young pople”), the local people found easily recognisable models, and in “Sneskavlen brast” (“The snowdrift broke”), they wandered around alive. The short story “Den nye kapellanen” (“The new chaplain”) has for all time become an unadorned, almost satirical close-up of inquisitiveness and probing in the local community. But the rural people felt they had been ridiculed and mocked and did not appreciate the cosmopolitan and European Hans E. Kinck.

Today the doctor’s residence at Tangarås is marked by those who lived there afterwards, the farmer and wood carver Johannes Tvedt – a pupil of Lars Kinsarvik – and the artist couple Frida and Ola Rusti. The state residence, with rough kitchen and a house from the 1700s in the yard, make out a fine unit with oak forest nearby and elm and chestnut – an old cultural environment.

  • Strandebarm from about 1900

Strandebarm from about 1900 (photo: unknown; owner: University Museum in Bergen. (neg. D 8782)).

  • Spørck, N. (1989) Theodor Kinck: distriktslegen og maleren, dikterens far. Oslo.