Krohg, Christian(krĭs`tyän krōg), 1852–1925, Norwegian genre and portrait painter and author. After studying on the continent, Krohg returned to Norway in 1878 and became a well-known advocate of impressionism. He later taught in Paris and in 1909 became director of the Oslo Academy. In The Struggle for Existence (4 vol., 1920–21) he advocated the social mission of the arts.
Born Aug. 13, 1852, in Vestre Aker, near Christiania, now Oslo; died Oct. 16, 1925, in Oslo. Norwegian painter.
Krohg studied in Karlsruhe and Berlin from 1874 to 1879. In 1909 he became a professor and director of the Academy of Art in Christiania. Krohg created a wide range of realistic genre pictures and psychologically penetrating portraits; with great warmth of feeling he portrayed sailors struggling against the elements (Hard to Port!, 1879; Rough Wind, 1882, Royal Palace, Oslo), as well as poor city folk (Portrait of a Girl, 1886). Certain of his works also contained criticisms of society, such as Albertine in the Police Station (1886–87; all works mentioned, except one, are in the National Gallery in Oslo).