Ragnvald Jørgensen

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Ragnvald Jørgensen
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Born27th of September 1899
Tonstad Norway
Died7th of April 1979
OccupationNorwegian Journalist and Painter

Ragnvald Jørgensen was a Norwegian journalist and painter that worked for Bergens Tidende from 1923-69. He was born on the 27th of September 1899 in Tonstad, Norway the son of Torkjell Jørgensen and Martha Tonstad. As a young man he moved to Bergen where his older brother had been living and then subsequently moved to Paris where he wound up living in Montmartre as part of the starving artist community under the tutelage of André Lhote and Pedro Araujo. In the 1930s, he managed to transfer the woodcut system to the printing plates in the rotary press so that Bergens Tidende could already at that time print in four colors. He milled out the printing plates according to his own drawings and provided the newspaper's Saturday supplement with colorful illustrations. He was an art critic in the newspaper and was a painter himself at the same time. The motifs were evocative Bergen motifs. During the war due to being an active journalist and member of the Norwegian Resistance he was imprisoned in the Grini Concentration Camp and came out in the summer of 1945 with a finished manuscript of Med blyant på Grini. In later years he also painted and drew from Granvin in Hardanger where he spent the summers, and from several trips abroad. He died on the 7th of April 1979 in Bergen, he was the husband of Solveig Krag Immann and father of two children; Marit and Jon. [1][2]


  1. Alfsen, Glenny (February 20, 2017). "Ragnvald Jørgensen" – via Store norske leksikon.
  2. "Bergens Tidende Arkiv". arkiv.bt.no.

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