Thygesen was greatly inspired by Edward Munch and it was at a Munch exhibition where Thygesen first decided to be an artist. Thygesen was a pupil of Christian Skredsvig in 1899 and later a pupil of Harriet Backer. In 1901 Thygesen travelled to Denmark where he studied at Zartmanns Art School. In 1909 Thygesen traveled to Paris where he studied at Academy Colarossi and Academy Matisse where he was a pupil of Andre Lhote and Pedro Araujo. Thygesen also travelled in Munich, Germany: 1904, Italy: 1912-1913 and Berlin: 1929. Thygesen was a very sensitive and passionate artist, very little is known about his art works from before 1904 since he burnt most of his early paintings. His later paintings have a lot in common with Edward Munch and he used strong colors in his works but he also experimented with impressionism. Thygesen also worked on artworks with strong symbolic values. Many of the works of Thygesen are represented in both Scandinavian and foreign museums including The National Museum of Fine Art in Norway; The Collection of Rolf Stenersens; and The Bergen Museum of Fine Arts.
Rudolph Thygesen is listed in artprice.com where a painting was sold for $16,350.
(Grev Vedels, Oslo. 07-06-2001. Lot no: 16)