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: Institute Acquires Nordfeldt Landscape


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
From the Julia B. Bigelow Fund, established for the purchase of American paintings, the Institute has acquired B. J. O. Nordfeldt's landscape entitled Ice Floes. This canvas is now on view in the gallery of American paintings.It is a stark and disturbing scene on the Delaware River painted with a vigor that verges on vehemence. The cold slate blue of the sky, the tortured masses of ice, and the detail of black crows pointing up the barren character of the foreground, lend it a sinister quality that is in no way lessened by the sight of the small house set on the low bluff in the background. It is winter and despair and brutal loneliness; a frozen world in which the rugged terrain lying between the observer and the doubtful haven of the house becomes an obstacle too formidable to contemplate.Like many of the artist's recent works the painting reveals a poetic content not always to be found in his earlier landscapes. It is like a dark and discordant bit of music, in which dynamic treatment emphasizes the emotional quality of color and form.Referenced Work of Art
  1. Ice Floes. A recent landscape by the contemporary American artist B. J. O. Nordfeldt. Julia B. Bigelow Fund
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Source: "Institute Acquires Nordfeldt Landscape," <i>The Minneapolis Institute of Arts Bulletin</i> 36, no. 5 (February, 1947): 27.
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Added to Site: March 10, 2009