• American Paintings  auction at Christies

    Sale 2199

    American Paintings

    29 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 134

    Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt (1878-1955)

    Fishermen and Seagulls, Northern California

    Price Realised  


    Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt (1878-1955)
    Fishermen and Seagulls, Northern California
    signed and dated 'Nordfelt/1944' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm.)

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    Fishermen and Seagulls, Northern California is an important work from a watershed moment in Bror Nordfeldt's career. Beginning in 1944, Nordfeldt "obtained new energy and vitality that was to be sustained for the rest of his career. Color was back in his work and his attention was directed to simplified design and away from the actual application of paint. New subject matter entered his work after a trip to the California Coast. The sea, nature, birds, fish and twisted forms of driftwood all found their way into Nordfeldt's pictorial investigation in the harmony and unity of nature and the relationship of birds and fish to nature and land." (Gerald Peters Gallery, B.J.O. Nordfeldt, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1981, p. 5)


    Mr. Montfort Dunn.
    American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota, bequest from the above, circa 1940s.
    Kramer Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1988.
    Private collection, Minnesota, acquired from the above, 1991.
    Christie's, New York, 4 December 1996, lot 259.
    Acquired by the present owner from the above.


    New York, Linda Hyman Fine Arts, American Modernism: From Nature to Abstraction, October 16-December 15, 1995.