1865 Johannes L. Næs was born at Rosendal August 3rd.
1872 Magnhild Larsdotter Hjortaas was born at Hatlestrand August 26th.
1883 Rosendal Song Club was founded; Johannes was among the founding members.
1885 Ness conducts the choir for the first time.
1885 Ness makes his debut as master of ceremonies.
1885 He begins signing and dating his pictures.
1886 Studied for one month with the marine painter Johan Jakob Bennetter at Sola.
1887 Ness is licensed to practice as a merchant.
1894 His home Nesheim is built.
1894 Magnhild and Johannes are married in the church at Hatlestrand November 2nd.
1895 Their first child is born on September 7th.
1896 Johannes Ness and Andreas Klette established the Rosendal Music Band.
1901 Ness takes over as conductor of the music band.
1902 He paints the impressive portrait of Magnhild and Laura Ness.
1907 He probably completes the pipe organ which is later installed at the Church of Ænes.
1910 The famous actor Stub Wiberg interviews Ness at Rosendal.
1914 Ness ends his function as conductor of the music band.
1918 The drawing "September Evening" reprinted in Oslo.
1924 First version of the documentary prospect “Skaale & Vang 1874”.
1929 The male choir “Skålagapen” founded with Ness as conductor.
1931 Ness sends out cards of thanks after the subscription in aid.
1932 The younger generation takes over the general store.
1933 “Rosendalssongen” (the song in praise of Rosendal) is composed.
1936 Ness and Klette are appointed honorary members of the music band.
1937 Ness resigns his post as conductor of Rosendal Song Club.
1939 He is awarded the Royal Medal of Merit in Silver.
1943 Ness paints his last picture “Rosendalsbygden”.
1944 During the war he conducts a joint orchestra at an illegal music festival.
1944 Magnhild and Johannes celebrate their golden wedding on November 2nd.
1944 Johannes L. Ness dies the 15th of November, at the age of 79.
1953 Magnhild Ness dies the 25th of April, at the age of 80.
1980 An exhibition of paintings by Lul Krag and Johs. L. Ness is arranged at Rosendal.
2006 A book on Johannes L. Ness is published and an exhibition of his paintings and
drawings are arranged at the Barony of Rosendal.
JOHANNES L. NESS
(1865-1944) frå Rosendal
Contact: Morten Nygård, P.O.Box 70, 5486 Rosendal, Norway Tlf: 53 48 19 02 Mob: 971 13 075