Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt

Artist Biography

Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt was a modernist painter, etcher, block printer, and engraver. Born in Tulstorg, Sweden in 1878, he immigrated to the United States in 1891. In 1899, he enrolled in The Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied printmaking and painting. Between 1916 and 1920, he worked in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he invented the “Provincetown Print,” a method for printing more than one color with a single impression. Nordfeldt also spent time in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he focused on painting portraits as well as still lifes and landscapes. He is known for his abstract paintings, which are characterized by direct, energetic brushwork and reminiscent of the style of Paul Cézanne. Nordfeldt participated in such notable exhibitions as the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco in 1915, where he was awarded a medal, as well as The Art Institute of Chicago in 1926 and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1930. His work may be found in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, New York, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Pennsylvania.

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