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Willow Tree

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Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt, Willow Tree, ca. 1931, oil on canvas, Gift of Reverend and Mrs. Bernard Geiser, © unknown, research required, 62.3

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Title

Willow Tree

Artist

Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt (American, born Sweden, 1878-1955)

Date

ca. 1931

Medium

oil on canvas

Dimensions (H x W x D)

24 in x 36 in

Collection Area

Modern and Contemporary Art; American Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift of Reverend and Mrs. Bernard Geiser

Accession Number

62.3

Copyright

© unknown, research required

Terms

canvas

oil paint

oil paintings

paintings

trees

Location

Belluschi Building

Hirsch Wing

2nd Floor

Anne K. Millis Galleries

Millis Galleries (West)

Description

Norfeldt immigrated in 1891 and later enrolled at the Art Institute of Chicago. He traveled to Europe while assisting muralist Albert Herter (1871–1950) and remained to study in Paris. He was deeply influenced by Fauvist color, the expressive distortions of El Greco, and the geometric simplification of forms of Cézanne, especially evident in Willow Tree. A constant feature throughout his career was his love of nature and a desire to express the unique feelings that resulted from each location. He infused his subjects with energy by reducing the landscape to basic forms and emphasizing its repetitive elements.

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